Our Riding School opened June 21st and it has been amazing, I love it! It is hard work but it's been worth every minute, to watch these students grow in character, developing self confidence, becoming courageous, determination to overcome and the list goes on. This quote by Toni Robinson sums it up "Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope!"
October brought us a new adventure with a precious little boy named Elijah. Eli is 3 years old and has autism, Eli is also our grandson who has come with his family from California to live here at Casey's Place. In just a few short weeks Eli's animal-assisted activities are packing some big rewards! Mom's review "When we first came he was so shy and reserved. His confidence has BOOMED. He tries to get involved and play with the other kids whereas he used to only parallel play by himself. He's so courageous now too and not scared to try new things."
November's camp was a little chilly but turned out to be a beautiful day! With campers wearing jackets, hats and gloves we had an awesome day. The camp fire was very much enjoyed and certainly a lot bigger than the one we have in July :) The kids enjoyed making bird feeders (in the horse trailer), Christmas ornaments, balloon races, sack races, horseback riding and riding in our newly renovated train. Lots of smiles and laughter, makes my heart smile just thinking about that day.
So thankful for our volunteers!!! It is our volunteers that help us achieve our vision at Casey's Place! We are so grateful for their willingness to serve and give of their time but most of all the unconditional love that they have for the children that visit.