Miniature horses are inspiring children and will bring hope to hundreds of students in Spartanburg County after a youth ranch known as Hope Remains Youth Ranch received $90,905 in grants from the Mary Black Foundation.
The money will be utilized towards supporting equine therapy for preschool kids across the county. The grant money will also help the ranch, which works with Spartanburg Districts 1 and 6, expand to other districts such as District 5 and 7. This way, hope will come to hundreds of additional students from the two districts. According to the Hope Remains director, Melanie Watt, the grant has allowed the youth ranch to serve the children from District 1 and 6 and hundreds more from District 1 and 7.
“It allowed us to continue to serve these children and hundreds more.” She is quoted.
What exactly will the grant money do?
One of the foundations of the ranch is dedicated to creating a community of miniature horses and move around the communities to teach students about character and life lessons through education. Therefore, the money will be used in expanding the Hoof Prints of the ranch’s program, buy more horses as well as a mobile unit that will help in travelling around schools.
Those students who might not be engaged in active school learning will actively get involved through the equine therapy. According to Watt, this is the foremost need of the grant. It is important to understand that the program is not meant for playing with the horses. Instead, as already mentioned, it is meant to integrate those who are not in school. That way, the needs of the schools as well as the community in general have been taken care of.
Watt seems to be the right person to carry this program forward because she happens to be a licensed equine therapist with a lot of experience when it comes to using different techniques to cater for special needs students. There are certainly many kids out there who need this kind of help in order to help them learn, just like other kids.
Students who want to distress themselves can also use miniature horses, according to Twin Cities. Some students miss their animals so much when they are in school. Therefore, it is nice for them to see the miniature horses, sit down and cuddle a bit.