Project Solomon (Veteran’s Program)
We are currently looking for new participants. If you are interested please contact HopeWell Ranch.
Is a newly developed program as of Spring 2016. We are very honored to have a program available for our beloved military men and women who experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from their military experiences.
HopeWell Ranch is a peaceful farm environment where veterans, current military service men and women, and family members unite to facilitate healing and strengthen familial relationships through equine interaction and experiential activities.
The PCL-5, a 20-item self-report measure that assesses the 20 DSM-5 symptoms of PTSD, was administered pre- and post-session. Evidence for the PCL for DSM-IV suggests that a 5-10 point change represents reliable change (i.e., change not due to chance) and a 10-20 point change represents clinically significant change. The results indicated four of the six veteran’s experienced a clinically significant change in their symptoms as a result of participation in the program. One other member demonstrated a reliable decrease in symptoms. The remaining member demonstrated a decrease in symptoms however it was not indicative of reliable change.
Summer Riding Season (2017)
The Summer Season will be a great season for hope and healing!
Season begins in June!
Program hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10-12 and 1-4 p.m. Participants are scheduled for weekly or bi-weekly sessions with a lead volunteer. Other volunteers may participate in the session when needed (e.g.. a “sidewalker” for a participant working on balance).
HopeWell Ranch is a place of healing, where participants can feel love and acceptance no matter what their ability. Using our wonderful equine and the many other animals we have, we believe we can help a child or an adult to find peace and hope fo their future, perhaps for the very first time. Miracles happen daily as these amazing creations of God can pierce the most hardened of hearts and allow freedom to flow.
Participants who prefer working with smaller animals can interact with rabbits, chickens, ducks, and goats! Our program is staffed completely by volunteers, age 12 and up. Each volunteer is provided with training in working with the horses, riding skills, team building, or other volunteer areas.
If you are interested in helping in one of these areas, please contact the ranch at: (989)644-5965 or send us an e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Therapeutic Horsemanship Program
Our therapeutic and horsemanship program is an original program and continues to be the heart of the ministry. Participants age 5 to adults are paired with a lead volunteer and an equine friend for their session. Lead Volunteers are mature Christian adults with a heart for our vision and mission. The horse that is used depends on the participant’s experience and comfort with horses.
The program is six weeks long and each session is approximately one hour. The session may include ranch chores, grooming, tacking, ground work with the horse and riding. The relationship the participant builds with the horse and instructor is key to gaining confidence and abilities.
This program can benefit children and adults with a variety of backgrounds. Horseback riding has been shown to benefit those with muscular-skeletal issues, neurological disorders, brain-injury, memory issues, self-esteem issues, traumatic backgrounds, anger issues, and attachment problems.
Some of the benefits of the program include:
Increased strength and balance
Increased listening skills
Increase in Social Interactions
Improved memory function
Improved attentiveness and lowered impulsiveness
Increased Cognitive Functioning
While most of our program at HopeWell Ranch focuses on horsemanship skills, there are times that a participant will find the opportunity for greater growth through equine assisted therapy or learning sessions. These sessions are facilitated by a horse specialist and a mental health specialist. Individuals do not ride during these sessions as all sessions are held completely on the ground. Participants are usually in the arena with one or more horses. A variety of activities are offered depending on the participants needs. These activities include interaction with the equine, who is considered part of the facilitator team. These sessions can also be used with more than one individual. We have a number of volunteers who have been trained to use these techniques, including a local mental health specialist, several equine specialists, and a several others with professional business backgrounds.
Equine Assisted Therapy: Equine assisted therapies can help individuals, couples, and families with a variety of issues such as anger management, self-esteem, conflict resolution, attachment issues, substance abuse issues, and trauma.
Equine Assisted Learning: Using similar methods, EAL sessions are used by individuals, groups, and corporations. Activities can be designed to improve communication and conflict resolution, teambuilding, vision building and more.
Because of the nature of these sessions, participants do need to have an adequate level of cognitive and language skills. Riding is not involved, so these sessions often include our horses that are not rideable.
The sessions require a mental health specialist and are offered on a limited basis. Therefore there is a fee for services.