It seems like time went by so fast this past year. Last year, at this time, we were starting the process of raising funds to build an indoor riding arena that would allow us to partner kids with horses throughout the year and despite the weather. While your generosity allowed us to raise the money faster than I thought was possible, I am simply amazed that y’all came through in a such a truly humbling way. I cannot express to you my gratitude for your generosity and urgency in funding this project. From the multitude of small donations to the large chunks that pushed us to our goal, each donor who helped with this project will forever be a contributor to the futures of the children that we have the pleasure of serving. Thank you.

While you were helping me in raising the money, my wife, Lani, was pursuing certification in Equine Gestalt Coaching. While she’s not quite complete in her training, she is approaching certification and will be partnering with horses in coaching our kids very soon.

        Equine

Relating to and involving horses or members of the horse family. In this case, the horse is a partner, coach, teacher and healer. The horses selflessly serve as guides in the process of seeing what is fragmented in order to make whole again.

Gestalt

An organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.

Coaching

A form of development in which a person called a coach supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance.

Method

A particular form of procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic or established one.

While Equine Gestalt Coaching Method sounds pretty darn fancy, I assure you that it is less than fancy but it is a fundamentally transformative way of helping kids to overcome their struggles and heal from the pain of surviving the difficult years of their own adolescence.

This Thanksgiving, I am unable to adequately convey to you my gratitude for helping us to add Equine Gestalt Coaching to The Ranches. Each child who has the opportunity to participate in this exciting method will forever be changed and will be forever grateful for the opportunity that you have provided; even if they never get the chance to meet you.

Thank you for this and thank you for allowing Lani and I to help The Ranches to evolve our approach to Rekindling Hope in Today’s Youth by adding this revolutionary method of healing.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Heath Kull

President