As you may know if you visit our website frequently, Manistee Habitat For Humanity approached us not long ago regarding a replacement mounting block and wheelchair ramp for our arena. The ramp is now a reality! HFH volunteers first helped us raise the cost of materials, and then worked on site for several days, during which time staff from the Manistee News Advocate visited for photos and a report. (See story link here.) The ramp is now complete, and has been tested by horses and volunteers alike.
We just recently completed our Safenet season, which brought twenty-three children out to the farm over a six-week period. Our Safenet kids are divided into two groups: GALLOP for girls, who came out each Monday during our program period, and BRONCO for boys, who came out every Wednesday. They rode horses, played with kittens (this summer we have fostered cat-moms from Homeward Bound and Repo’s Rescue) groomed and walked ponies, hit golf balls, and whizzed around on golf cart rides. An accompanying grandparent recently wrote to us “What a wonderful program you provide for these kids. It’s a joy to see the excitement on their faces as they’re learning about the horses!” One of the Safenet workers also told us that meeting our horses helped overcome her fear of them. ("Now I'm comfortable around those giant, beautiful beasts, thanks to all of you!")