Our horses will be an important part of the camp for all involved. We will have Equine Assisted Counseling working in conjunction with Marie Sherwood and Nancy Thomas. We will be scheduling work with the whole family and individuals; both kids and adults.
We will also be running a horsemanship program for our non-RAD kids. We will be using the Certified Horsemanship Association program. Marie Sherwood is a certified Level II instructor and will be leading us in this program.
Let me introduce you to our Equine Therapists, better known as our horses:
Wanuskewin Miyamac, better known as Mac, is our gentle giant who is close to 17 hh. He is a Percheron Curly cross that is so easy going. He came to us at his dam’s side when he was six weeks old and so has grown up with us. He asks people to be as gentle as he is, then he will follow you everywhere.
Warrior Mead’s Two Feathers
Warrior Mead’s Two Feathers or just Two Feathers for short, is our gorgeous sorrel Curly mare who is also a direct descendent of Chief Sitting Bull’s herd. Her name carries a special importance. She represents a second level warrior. These native warriors were only given these positions once they were true to themselves. She likes to teach this lesson to her humans. She is a kind and gentle mare.
Stag Creek Sally Express
Salome (barn name) is a wonderfully tall big Curly mare who is so gentle and sweet. You will fall in love with her sensitivity. She steps lightly around little ones which is alot to say of her 16.2hh frame. She will work very well with our older RAD children who need a strong, but delicate hand.
Stag Creek Etoile Warrior
Etoile made her debut as a yearling at our first camp in 2007. She arrived in the herd and was bitten up pretty badly the first night. As she was taken around to meet the children, many were taken by how sweet she was eventhough she had been treated so badly. Her sweet Curly personality, but tough limits will be of great benefit in our program. She is green and will not be taking part in the riding portion of the program, but will “speak” to us within the family therapy.
H Creek’s Q Chip Nutmeg
Ahava (barn name) was a star for her first camp in 2009. She would stand so still for the children that were scared, closing her eyes as if to tell them everything was going to be alright. Her intuition is part of the curly breed’s ability to help heal all our children.
Annie’s Curly Q
Matuna (barn name) is a seasoned gaited mare. She does a beautiful running walk that is comfortable for the novice rider. The gait also helps children’s brains heal. She is unflapable and intuitive and knows when and how to bond with her human friends.
We will consider bringing other horses, but this is our starring line up.