Therapy horses

Helping Others

Follow your dreams!

We had the pleasure a few weeks ago of speaking with a mom who was trying to help her daughter follow her dream. This young gal, Taylor, had already established a therapy program using a few of her own horses she had trained. Unfortunately, thru no fault of her own, tragedy struck and left this girl with no horses. 

We were able to step in and offer Taylor a hand by providing three horses that could be the foundation of her program again. Remington, Minnie and Tammy are at their new home and are already being showered in love. Our mission of serving others, bringing joy and offering hope will be lived out in this young girl and 3 little horses. We wish "Healing Hooves Ministry" all the best as they serve their local community.  

Taylor with her younger brother and sister.

Taylor with her younger brother and sister.

May the "horse" be with you

We took Jet & Toby Keith out to a local assisted living facility we've visited a few times before. What a blast. After a winter break, everyone was asking about the parade and complementing our outfits.

Jet

Jet

Of course, the majority of the attention was given to our two cute boys. We made several visits to rooms of residents and through the halls. It's always nice to see familiar faces who ask about relations with other horses at home. The residents at Birchwood have met many of our therapy horses and always want some background about the horses we bring. 

During room visits we met some residents we'd never seen before - each was very greatful (and shocked!) that we had brought a horse to see them. One woman never dreamed any animal bigger than the birds in her window would visit her, she was amazed. 

Toby Keith

Toby Keith

Anothet sweet man asked us if we were real, stating "I'm a martini drinker, and I'm not sure if it's me or the alcohol seeing this!" He followed us around for the next few minutes just to make sure.

Toby & Jet made some lasting impressions on the residents at this facility and we love to be able to offer some joy and a sense of hope to everyone there. On our way out, a man drinking his afternoon tea explained we couldn't be late for these cute boys dinner and left us with, "May the Horse Be With You!" 

How Can I Help?

Are you itching to get involved? Would you love to make a difference? We have many ways you can help with our programs. Here's some ideas:

  • Follow us on social media & share our posts. We're on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Help us spread the word about our #ittybittyhorses
Dorothy, one of our weekly volunteers.

Dorothy, one of our weekly volunteers.

 

  • Volunteer! As a working farm we have many jobs we cannot do just on our own. Contact Shelby our Volunteer Coordinator to schedule a time to come help out. Some of the jobs we would have you do would include:
    • walking and training horses
    • mucking stalls
    • cleaning the barn
    • clearing and maintaining fields, pastures, and fence line 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Donate! You can help with everyday costs, like feed or hay or become one of our "Guardian Angels" and sponsor a horse for a year. Donations of certain values help us with various costs for our therapy horses. Some ideas are:
    • full sponsorship for one horse for a year ($1,200)
    • partial sponsorship for one horse for a year ($300)
    • average cost per visit ($150)
    • vet visit ($85)
    • custom therapy vest ($65)
    • one horses' feed and hay for the month ($45)
    • bedding for a stall ($40)
    • farrier hoof trim for one horse ($35)
    • fuel for one visit ($30)
    • one bag of grain ($18)
    • a book for our reading program ($10)

Thank You. It's because of your willingness to help and generous donation that we can continue to serve others, bring joy, and offer hope. 

Cincinnati Enquirer Features S.O.F. Therapy Horses at CVG.

It is always a pleasure to have our programs featured throughout various media outlets. The Cincinnati Enquirer featured our CVG program and the joy that it brings to many of the passengers arriving and departing. 

Thank you, we are honored to be featured and have Love, Joy, and Hope spread throughout the Ohio Valley. 

Lisa - Founder of S.O.F. Miniature Therapy Horses. 

Feeling Better

First we would like to thank you for all your support and prayers.

We've began training again, and all are enjoying the spike in weather. Our full-time handlers are here working with the horses and running them through our training exercises. Once our herd is fully recovered and cleared by the our vet we will return to our training visits. 

The girls have been hard at work getting horses back into the routine of halters, grooming, and mock-visits. Training around the farm involves lots of petting, loving and working on loud noises and quick movements.

We're excited to get back into working toward what we love. All the horses have been very receptive and quick to remember what they have learnd. Wendy, Harley, and Jet are all back to being the cutest things we've every seen and enjoy meandering around the farm while we train with other horses. Spirits are getting lifted and we're getting excited for what's to come.

Again, we'd like to thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our horses. We'll keep you posted with pictures and videos.

On the Mend

I am glad to report that most of the horses are doing well and are almost fully recuperated from their illness. A few are still being treated but will recover nicely as well. This has not been an easy disease to deal with, there is lots of quarantine procedures to follow. We want to protect our horses and we certainly want to contain this to our farm only. We are being very careful to wash all items and disinfect everything we can.

It also means we have voluntarily closed our farm to all visits for the month of January. We hope you understand our over protectiveness but our horses health is very important to us and so is the rest of the equine community. We hope to resume normal visiting hours and have volunteers back on their normal schedules as well.

We certainly appreciate your understanding and all you support for the horses. I am sure within a few weeks all the horses will right back to their old selves, running, playing, and bring joy to so many.

Denver, Duke and Dallas all say thank you for your get well wishes.

Denver, Duke and Dallas all say thank you for your get well wishes.