Posted on March 15, 2019
“Freedom Hooves gives me a reason to get out of bed. I have Multiple Sclerosis and suffer severe fatigue. Most days I sleep late. I rarely leave my house or even go outside. Most of my days are spent sitting in my chair watching TV or playing games on my computer. Depression was my constant companion until I found Freedom Hooves. Riding horses has given me something to look forward too. The horses are patient and gentle. Petting them makes me feel more relaxed and calms my soul. While I am riding, I can feel my back and hips alignment straighten out. I use my knees more to maintain my balance. I become more aware of my surroundings as I watch the horses head and feel the placement of his feet. After I complete the ride, I have more feeling in my legs and I am able to walk better. I stumble less and my balance is a lot better. If I do stumble I am able to recover my footing faster and avoid falling. Falling less often increases my confidence, which in turn, reduces my depression. With less depression, I sleep less and get out of the house more. I can’t say enough about how wonderful the people who make Freedom Hooves work are. They are some of the kindest people I have ever met, especially the young girls who show so much compassion and responsibility to this program. Freedom Hooves has not only given me better physical and mental health; it has given me many new friends. Freedom Hooves is the perfect name for this program because those hooves have given me freedom.” ~Linda Ramey
“My daughter, Rachel, has been involved with Freedom Hooves for the last 4-5 years. Through that time we have endured some tough family losses. This program has been essential in enabling Rachel to heal from those losses. Her self confidence and character have greatly improved. I cannot say enough about the healing power of the horse!” ~Michelle Peters, parent of participant
I volunteer my time to Freedom Hooves throughout the year. I help in lessons, clean the barn, fix the fences, and help keep the facility a clean and safe environment for our clients and horses. Freedom Hooves has been a part of my life for several years now and I have learned so much. Just from volunteering, it has taught me numerous things such as working with horses safely, organization, leadership, job skills, and even people skills. Freedom Hooves has been like a family and I’m very proud to be a part of this organization to help the community, and to bring joy into so many people’s lives, like it has for mine.
I’ve discovered my passion for helping people through therapy on the horse, which I never would have found without this amazing program. Kendra E., Volunteer (age 14)