Heartbeats and Hoofbeats - A unique stay where you immerse yourself in our horse culture! Take lessons, learn new skills and practice out in the fields and forests of our beautiful Ranch. Just Ride! Had a long school year? Let the power of the horses lift your energy – feel rejuvenated emotionally and physically! Listen and be moved by Wildhorse Wisdom. Come JUST RIDE!
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Activities at this camp: (Currently showing 5 of 5 sessions)
Ages: 11 - 17
Diane Baker, Owner and Director
B.Ed., Certified EAL Facilitator, Reiki Master, Guide and Outfitter,
Horses! Horses! Horses! I have been a horse crazy girl all my life and I am passionate about giving girls an opportunity to spend time "immersed in horses"! I see a great need to reconnect to horses and the land, to put away the cell phones and just play on the ground and in the saddle. When we walk on the land and feel the earth, when we touch and hug the horses there is an emotion that comes up in us that gives us a sense of connection - One Earth One People. Girls that attend camp often make life long friends and they reunite each year at camp for a joyful week of "catching up".
My desire is to empower girls to have them set goals, dream big dreams and reach for the stars!
"People may not remember what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel."
Cost: $750 /week
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Stories of the Wildhorse Herd:
These two lovely geldings have been part of our herd for 3 years now, they are in their 20's and have been together for most of their lives so they are "attached to each other". Let me set the stage for today's story, they are always together, where one goes so goes the other. We have never had two horses share a food bowl but these two willingly share with each other all the time! I have been giving extra feed every day to 9 horses in the "pampered pony pen" - for a variety of reasons ( stories for another day), however we had our waterer freeze up so I had to turn most of them out back into the big herd... Mackie and Whisper were part of the extra feed group and I hated to put them back out but no water is not a good thing. However, today Mackie (who always whickers at me whenever I am out in the field or anywhere in the yard) left his friend Whisper and came up to the main gate and called me. I realized he really needed extra feed to I brought him up to the barn and gave him a bowl of his favorite foods and then I brought him a big pile of hay (plus a bucket of water). I thought Whisper would be OK out in the front field with the rest of the herd....
At feeding time we could not see Whisper so we went on a search and we found him standing in the forest, head down, all sad and despondent... he was standing where he last was with Mackie...
I caught him and brought him up to the barn, Mackie saw him coming and his head came up out of the hay and he gave his friend a big whinny of welcome! Whisper on the other hand gave a half grunt/whinny that was more like "where have you been, I've been worried sick because I could not find you! You could have let me know you were leaving..and there was probably a bunch of swearing thrown in on the front end..."
Needless to say when I left them they were standing shoulder to shoulder, heads down enjoying the hay pile! Lesson learned: Next time I will take both of them!💖💖💖
Stories of the Wildhorse Herd
Seeker ( aka Crazy Horse) bought at a select Quarter Horse Sale - something we seldom do, mostly we buy by private sales. He has been a work in progress, bought almost 5 years ago as a well trained rope horse/seasoned gelding anyone can ride... now how many times have we seen/heard that statement? What we have come to realize is that as soon as a horse leaves his previous owner there can be a huge adjustment for him once he arrives at his new place depending on so many variables. Usually we can only guess by their behavior/personality what their previous life was like. In this case Seeker withdrew from life in general and did not want to have anything to do with anybody, he put off a very big "Don't touch me"! So we slowly introduced him to the big herd and then turned him out and left him alone. He stayed way off by the forest, or just on the edge of the herd when the feed tractor laid out the hay for the day. Aloof and alone he watched, sampled the energy of the ranch and continued to stand reserved and wary on the edge of life. Gradually the calming power of the herd broke through his shell and he started coming up to the feed wagon and he allowed Bear to touch him. Since that day we have seen a horse riddled with so many trust issues that we can only guess at the things that he must have faced.. so much like humans in similar situations the triggers are sometimes buried very deep and when they come out - look out! Needless to say he is back in a program where he is a ground work horse teaching people compassion, empathy, trust and understanding. A powerful job for a powerful horse!
We have seen many people spend time going to counselling and listening to the "words" but things never change for them. We have also seen people who have come to the ranch to "get away from it all" and they end up with their arms wrapped around the neck of a beautiful, kind, caring being who in silence can be more effective than all the words in the world... Letting emotions bubble out and out and release the pressure is very healing. Spending time with horses can be life changing! No riding required. Many thanks to Seeker for the lives that he has touched.