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EQUINE THERAPY PROGRAM

MEET HAROLD

Harold Walston, as the Head of the Equine Department at Restoration Ranch of Ohio, brings a wealth of experience to the team with over 15 years in the equine industry. His comprehensive background spans owning, riding, and competing across various disciplines. Harold firmly believes in the transformative power of equine therapy, asserting that lives can be profoundly changed with every canter stride.

 

His vision for the program is rooted in encouragement, nurturing a passion for horses, and fostering personal growth and responsibility among residents. Under Harold's guidance, the equine program offers an immersive experience encompassing lessons, horsemanship, barn management, and therapy, all facilitated by our equine ambassadors to support residents' emotional growth.

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Biggel

Towering over the rest, Biggel is a gentle giant donated to us from Otterbein University. Standing at an impressive 18.2hh, he's sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to meet him.

Horse

Carl

Meet "Stand-A-Lot Carl," the go-to choice for our beginner riders. With a penchant for speed, Carl is always eager to hit the trails, making him an ideal companion for those starting their riding journey.

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Cherokee Woman

Meet our superstar, Cherokee Woman! With an impressive 20-year background as an elite ranch horse, she's the crown jewel of our herd. Plus, did you know she's a stunning sorrel paint horse?

Training of Foals

Spencer

Meet Spencer, our pint-sized powerhouse! Despite his small stature, Spencer's heart is as big as they come. A resident favorite, he excels at teaching valuable skills in horse training, proving that size is no obstacle to making a meaningful impact.

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Teddy

Teddy, our charming American Thoroughbred cross, is a barn favorite for his friendly demeanor and occasional mischievous streak. His presence brings joy to all who interact with him.

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Pocahontus

A seasoned ranch horse with a wealth of experience, Pocahontas is an invaluable teacher for residents learning practical skills in the field. Her extensive ranch career makes her an indispensable part of our program.

MEET THE HORSES

Wild Horses

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NOVICE LEVEL

At the Novice level, all residents begin their journey in the equine program. This beginner stage focuses on teaching and applying basic riding and horsemanship skills. Residents learn fundamental techniques, safety procedures, and the importance of building a strong bond with their equine partners.

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INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Residents progress to the Intermediate level once they demonstrate developing qualities of horsemanship and riding. This stage emphasizes honing existing skills and introducing more advanced techniques. Residents deepen their understanding of horse behavior, refine their communication with the animals, and work towards greater confidence and control in the saddle.

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APPLIED LEVEL

The Applied level represents the pinnacle of achievement in the equine program. At this advanced stage, residents showcase leadership, exceptional riding abilities, and sound decision-making skills. They exhibit mastery in horsemanship and barn management, demonstrating their capacity to effectively care for and guide both horses and fellow residents.

EQUINE THERAPY LEVELS

EQUINE GALLERY

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