Standing Tall Life Skills Program

We are pleased to announce our Standing Tall Life Skills Program for at risk kids ages seven through twelve.  Any child could be considered at risk especially those whose are experiencing challenges within their families or home life.  This program will provide a safe environment for improving physical agility, communication and social skills with the use of our horses.  

Under the direction of Kimberly A. Lynch and Susan Greer-Day, Certified Path Instructors, volunteers will mentor and serve as side-walkers during the six week program.  Volunteers do not need experience with horses, but a desire and a commitment for the program.  After volunteers are vetted, we will provide a two hour training.  

The curriculum will include kids yoga for calming and centering, barn chores for responsibility, learning about their communication skills using horses, caring for the horse and bonding with other children.  Each week introduces a life skill.  On the sixth week, each child will demonstrate their skills and will ride a horse on the trail.  The Kids will be "Standing Tall" and ready to face new challenges with confidence and grace. 

If you would like to be a part of this unique groundbreaking program, please download the application and either email it to wildwoodstables@yahoo.com or drop off at Wildwood Stables.  

Standing Tall Program

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Back Story Statement of Faith:  It has been my vision since we opened Wildwood Stables to provide horse therapy for kids.  I felt the Lord had called me to Tennessee, this place and this mission.  Wildwood is a special place and people from all over the world have enjoyed its beauty, the serenity of our sycamore tree and trails, and our wonderful horses.  It is a place where families can relax and just BE.  This came close to my vision, but I still felt there was more needs to be addressed.  We could not get the right program, the right instructor, etc.  I gave up.  I asked God's forgiveness that I had failed him.  Soon after, a friend brought Kim Lynch to meet us.  She was the perfect instructor that fit the vision.  Under her expertise and guidance, we have designed a very unique hybrid program teaching life skills with an equine component.  A few days later another instructor, moving to Fairfield, stopped in to offer her services.  Word is spreading about the program and another woman who is almost certified, stepped up.  Wow!

I am in awe and humbled by God's direction in bringing the Standing Tall Program to life.  All the pieces are falling into place.  It is true when I let go and let Him do the work, it happened!  I can hardly wait to see what HE has in store for the kids, volunteers and our community.

 

-Michelle Salazar