seven oaks farm miniature therapy horses

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Therapy Horses on Sirius XM

Do you have Sirius XM Radio? Then you’re in luck! Lisa will be on-air talking about our therapy horses and the special effect they have on all those we visit.

The deets:

  • Thursday, April 18th

  • 3:00pm CST

  • Shark Farmer

  • SXM: Channel 147


Here’s a little bit about Rob Sharkey, taken from his webpage. To learn more about his podcasts & radio show, click here.

 

THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE FARMER:

ROB SHARKEY

Rob Sharkey, known in digital circles as The Shark Farmer, is not your average Illinois grain farmer. He’s a disruptor who is unwavering in his ability to directly address controversial topics.

Rob tackles life, alongside his high school sweetheart, Emily, knowing four smaller sharks in their school will be impacted by their choices.

With the hog crash of ‘98 in the rearview mirror, a turn-key outfitting business thriving, and a handful of acres demanding more time than is warranted, the only logical step was to launch a necessary - yet stupendously groundbreaking - podcast.

His provocative style parallels a story-based structure, which resonates with thousands of weekly, global listeners. Juxtapose his rough-around-the-edges persona with an unmatched ability to listen and relate to those spanning generations, time zones, and the rural/urban divide, and you’ve found the formula for an under-the-radar and out-of-the-box communicator.

And, he’s just getting started.

 

Exciting News

This last school year we ran a pilot program for our anti bullying campaign using our therapy horses. We presented the program to several local schools with a tremendous amount of positive feedback from teachers and students.

The program helps the children to understand what bullying is and isn't, the 4 types of bullying, being proud of our differences and how to help each other.  The horses are used to help present the ideas in the program and of course the children love to meet them.

This year we will be presenting the program to 30 schools to help combat the bullying epidemic they are facing. We are partnering with our local police departments as well as many local businesses.

New this year is the first annual poster contest open to 3rd grade classes. Each child will be able to create a poster, using any art media, that best represents our message against bullying. One winner will be chosen from each school that will receive a pack of 4 tickets to the Reds Family Opening Day game and other goodies. Each school winner will then be able to compete for the final prize of $250 worth of free books for their school. 

We are very proud to announce that the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team are an important part of our efforts. They will be be providing the game day tickets as well as welcoming all the poster winners to the game day festivities. Game day attendees will also be able to see their posters displayed at the Great American Ball Park. 

We are thankful to the Reds for the support of our program and to the children we can impact, "Just Say Whoa to Bullying" is an important and exciting program. Your donations keep programs like this one going strong.

If you'd like to help simply click on our link to

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Whats Going On?

We consider ourselves and our program to be very blessed. We have great handlers and well trained miniature therapy horses. We continue to increase the number of visits we do each year, we are booked for all of 2017 and part of 2018 and we continue to grow. We receive more request to make visits to care centers, schools, etc. than we can attend. A few months ago, an anonymous donor, who is interested in seeing our program expand to help more children, gave us a very generous donation. We knew that in order to be able to make more visits another team would need to be in place and that we needed a means of transportation for that team as well. We made a decision to be very wise with the money donated and to use it as well as possible. To achieve this goal, Seven Oaks Farm was able to hire Sarah, our intern, as a full time handler. We also were able to locate a used van with the help of Liberty Ford. We purchased a used Ford Transit. We are now able to begin scheduling our new team that will be dedicated to serving the children in our community and also those in hospice care. We still need your help to continue with all the visits we already make to over 60 senior care facilities. While we are especially grateful for this donation, we still need your help to continue all the usual day to day care of the horses and to keep all our teams on the road. Our goal is still the same, to serve others, bring joy and offer hope. You are a very important part of helping us to achieve this goal and we need you. We need all the time you volunteer, we need your encouragement and when you can, we need your financial help as well. We know that with your generous support we have a bright future ahead of bringing joy to thousands in our community.

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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.

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. 

Success!

We started visiting REM Ohio in December of 2015. We were making our rounds and came into the technology wing. Dakota was visiting with students and made his way up to a sweet gal named Danika. Pat, the director of activities was so excited for Danika to meet the horses because of the many stories she would tell about how much she loved them. So, we start walking toward Danika but her eyes go wide and she starts to back up.... "No! Stop right there!" she exclaimed. "But Danika, you told me you love horses...." Pat tried to assure her. "Well I do, but only on TV!"  

Our First Visit "That's close enough" 

Our First Visit "That's close enough" 

A few months later we visit again, this time with one of our smallest at the time, Red. He's smaller than a golden retriever and very gentle. This time Danika lets him a little closer but she's very skeptical. "I'm not sure about this... that's close enough." We catch a picture, (only after we give her time to fix her hair) and she has a small smile when we leave.

Our Second Visit, "I'm not sure about this..." 

Our Second Visit, "I'm not sure about this..." 

Our next trip out to REM was during the summer months of 2016, so we brought our pretty boy, Dallas. One of the cutest horses we have and average in size. Making our way into the technology room again, we greet with other students and smile at Danika. She tells us, "just close enough for a picture, but not too close." So, we inch Dallas a little closer and closer, and she scoots her wheelchair farther and farther. Again, we snap a picture and she thanks us for the visit.

Our third visit, "That's fine right there."  

Our third visit, "That's fine right there."  

Pat emails us around August saying, "Danika promised her brother a picture of her petting a horse, so next time she'll do it." We were ecstatic. During one of the hottest days of the year, we bring back Dallas & Denver. We make our rounds and spread plenty of joy to the classrooms. As we make our way to the technology wing, the rest of her class is waiting by the door. "They're here! They're here!" The whole classroom is buzzing and Danika is waiting with a nervous smile. We slowly walk Denver up and around within arms length of Danika & she holds her hand out and pets his mane. "You did it!" exclaimed Pat & Lisa, "You really did it!" Danika was full of excitement and wanted to see the pictures after they were taken. "I did it", she announced. And the whole class applauded. 

"I did it!"  

"I did it!"  

We may have just brought cute animals in for some of the students here, but to Danika she conquered a fear. We were able to help her reach a milestone and spread some joy in the process. 

 

Serving Others. Bringing Joy. Offering Hope. 

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.