Whoa! A powerful word, it can stop a 1300 pound horse and can be used to help our children stop bullying. This May we launched an anti-bullying program, called Say Whoa to Bullying. We presented the program to several third grade classes local schools with the help of our horses and Officer Kristy Collins from the Hamilton Police Department. Together we are able to bring a positive, clear message to kids to help them understand what bullying is, the types of bullying and how to stop it from happening. The response from the schools has been extremely positive. The program also uses the horses as a way to positively reinforce some of the basic ideas and lessons that are taught. Along with having children meet the horses and participate in the program, we also have materials for classrooms teachers to use and review throughout the school year. The program also focuses on recognizing the different abilities each person has that makes them unique and special. Our hopes are for local businesses to rally around the project so we can bring our program to all of the schools in Hamilton, Cincinnati, and our surrounding area. The program is the only of of it's kind and will have lasting positive effects on our children. Your donations fund these programs, you play an important part in changing lives and help us to serve others, bring joy and offer hope.
We visit the Ronald McDonal House in Cincinnati through the year. We bring our little horses with an ample supply of pretty bows and colorful brushes, the children love to brush the horses manes and decorate the horses with bows. They want to know the horses name, how old it is and what they do at the farm. It all seems so simple but the impact is huge and wonderful. We see smiles, we hear giggles and lots of "Oh" and "Awe". They love to walk the horses and practice saying "walk" and "whoa". The children are able to be children for just a little while again, they laugh and smile and sit in amazement as they stroke each horse. It doesn't last for long but it gives these children a little bit of happiness in a very difficult time in their little lives. Its also a great time for the parents as well, they enjoy the fun and smiles too. These moments define what we are about and what motivate us to serve others with our therapy horses. This is why we ask you to donate, your dollars help us bring a bit joy and comfort into the lives of others. You create a better place by helping us serve others, bring joy and offer hope.