Making the most of your visit
Just like all programs, change is inevitable. Change can be difficult, challenging and full of stress but it frequently results in good things. We believe good things are happening for our program. Seven Oaks Farm is in the process of revamping all our seminars. The change comes not out of habit or just because its the thing to do, but out of our dedication. We are fully committed to bringing you the best program we can when it comes to training your miniature therapy horses or handling your miniature therapy horses. Time and experience are an excellent teacher and we have had both. We're growing our program so that you can receive the top quality training you want and expect. We will be adding many more seminars to our yearly schedule so we can specifically meet your needs. Now theres even more than outstanding book work, and lectures and videos but actual hand on training.
We are preparing to add several seminars to our calendar this coming year so you can train right here on our farm with our experienced trainers and handlers. All the course material will be conveniently offered with our written materials but also in video lectures. This will allow you to easily read the material and watch the lectures at a speed and time that is convenient for you. Once the material is completed you can join our team at our farm and spend many beneficial hours training as a handler and a trainer under the close supervision of our staff. You will be guided thru the entire process of a visit and be able to use your newly gained knowledge immmediately. We truly believe our new format will give you the hands on experience you've been asking for, offer you our expertise and increase your confidence in your skills. Keep looking for updates to our seminars and consider joining us this year.
This fall we will be presenting our anti-bullying program to third grade classes in the Hamilton and Cincinnati school areas. We believe it is a great program that teaches children what bullying is, how to help themselves and that difference are good. The program uses our miniature horses to present concepts and ideas to the children they will remember and understand. We also partner with Officers from the Hamilton, Ross and Cincinnati Police Departments to help present the program. Each classroom receives a teachers guide with activity pages and ideas for classroom use. The children also get to meet our horses at the end of the presentation. As you might guess the program has a cost related to it. We do not charge the schools we visit, we feel the program is important and every child should be a part of it. We are encouraging local businesses to partner with us and help bring this program to every third grade student in our community. Partnering with our local businesses helps us be the place where compassion meets action. Each partner will see directly how their dollars are being used to teach and empower the children we touch. Do you or do you know a business that might be interested in partnering with us to present, "Just Say Whoa to Bullying"? Contact Lisa or anyone on our team and we will show you first hand how you can be a part of this exciting program where compassion meets action. Your dollars allow us to be your hands and feet in the lives of our students in our local schools.
Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses is pleased announce that we will be presenting our anti-bullying program, “Just Say Whoa to Bullying” to the Hamilton Public Schools this fall. Officer Kristy Collins from the Hamilton Police Department will be partnering with us to present the program to all 3rd grade classes. The Just Say Whoa® to Bullying program takes a unique approach to teaching bullying prevention by helping children recognize and respect differences in one another. By understanding that everyone has something valuable to offer, children learn acceptance, tolerance, respect, and understanding of others. By instilling these core values and encouraging good character, Just Say Whoa® to Bullying builds a foundation of understanding and promotes a positive social environment, which - in turn - fosters kindness and good citizenship. In addition, this innovative program is the first of its kind to teach bullying prevention using animal-assisted activities with miniature therapy horses. Animal assisted therapy captures the attention of children of all ages and makes learning fun and memorable.
The program will also sponsor a poster contest for 3rd grade students, one winner will be chosen from each school. These individual school winners will receive 4 game tickets donated by the Cincinnati Reds and be invited to attend Reds Family Opening Day in April where the posters will be on display and they can meet Reds players. At the Family Opening Day event the Grand Prize Winner will be announced. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $300 worth of books for their school library and their poster will be used on our anti-bullying materials.
We are looking for Hamilton businesses to help sponsor the school visits and help underwrite cost of the program. We’d love to have local support as we present the important program to the children of our community.
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.
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.
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!"
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.