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Open House 2015

Our Open House went very well and we raised $11,603.03! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported The Right Path! We would also like to thank all of our volunteers who came out to help, TransCanada for sponsoring the event, all of the car show and poker run participants, Hauser’s Precast for donating the storm shelter, Mike, Sarah, Craig, Conch, Rick and John for bringing their band out to play for us, Joseph’s for serving lunch, the ladies of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Bristow Homeschool Group for the bake sale items, and all of the donors who donated raffle items, prizes and silent and live auction items!

Hope to see everyone next year!

By |November 17th, 2015|Blog, Fundraiser, Veterans|0 Comments

The Exceller Fund article

We are very excited to be partnered with The Exceller Fund and have their horses in our veterans program! They recently did an article that features one of their horses, Sonofaqueen (Prince), who is in our program.

Exceller article

If you don’t know what The Exceller Fund is, check out their website here.

By |November 11th, 2015|Blog, Horses, Veterans|0 Comments

Veterans Program Update

One of the psychiatrists who works with the veterans wrote this very nice letter about the program:

“Our Program, The Psychosocial Recovery and Rehabilitation Center (PRRC), has been fortunate to participate in the Hooves on the Ground program offered at The Right Path Riding Academy. Our program is a recovery oriented program for Veterans with severe mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our Veterans who have participated in the program. They report a sense of accomplishment, reduced anxiety, and a growing sense of mastery as they learn to interact and bond with their horses. I also have been contacted by family members of a few of the Veterans who have also noticed positive effects from the class at home. Overall I believe the program has been very beneficial and therapeutic for our Veterans and I am very thankful for the opportunity for the PRRC Veterans to be the first group of Veterans to participate in the program. I hope that other Veterans will have the opportunity to take part in the program and will benefit from it as much as the Veterans of the PRRC have.”

By |October 30th, 2015|Blog, Veterans|0 Comments

William’s Walk

William, 8 year old son of Mike & Joshalyn Ocker, went home to his Lord on October 18, 2015.  William loved The Right Path and everything to do with it.  Before William, Mike was not fond of horses and could not see a benefit to them.  He said he would never own one.  When William was 2, his physical therapist suggested therapeutic riding and everything changed.  After his 15 minute evaluation, William’s legs did not scissor.  In the first few weeks of riding, we noticed his core strength developing and he was able to sit up and balance himself without falling.  He was much more stable and able to enjoy the things he wanted to do.  Soon, we got him his own horse.  Then we had 2!  But even with his own horses at home to ride, we were all saddened in 2012 when Miss Leslie retired.  William missed seeing his friends in class and his volunteers…all people he loved dearly.  We soon found that others felt the same way.  In February 2013, we moved to the ranch and took over operations.  When William went home to heaven, we realized how much this one little boy had changed so many lives.  Without William, there would be no therapeutic riding program, no literacy project, no place for at-risk youth, no veteran’s program.  So many lives changed because of the love of one little boy.  It was then that we determined to create a name for the therapeutic riding program, William’s Walk, and create a funding program so that all rider’s in the program could attend at no charge.  William was such a generous and loving boy and he was always happy to share this place with […]

By |October 27th, 2015|Blog, In Memory, Literacy, Therapeutic Riding, Trail Blazers, Veterans|0 Comments

Veterans Horses

They’re here!!! We are very excited about the arrival of Prince (Sonofaqueen), Moe (Mfazi) and Roy (Raw Roy) from The Exceller Fund! We are very excited to introduce them to the Hooves on the Ground Veterans Program! Thank you so much to Brook Ledge, Inc. for bringing them all the way from Pennsylvania and Missouri!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prince, Moe and Roy will be working along side several other horses that have been donated for Hooves on the Ground!

By |August 18th, 2015|Blog, Veterans|0 Comments