Our History


In the spring of 2005, Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch sprouted as a place to care for abused and neglected horses. By design, the ranch allowed volunteers to come, facilitate, and apply therapeutic healing to horses. Volunteers found great satisfaction in caring and restoring the horses to good health. That summer of the same year, children arrived at the ranch to work with a trained adult simply to touch and brush the horses. This was a turning point for volunteers because they recognized the benefit it provided to the children who cared for theses equines in need. Several of the volunteers had experience working with children who were also in need of healing related to physical or emotional abuse, low self-esteem, neglect, or poor grades. The advantage to participants was apparent: it was therapeutic and beneficial for them to be a part of the healing and caring process of the horses. Many of the horses suffered from starvation, beatings and life without shelter. Some of the children that visited the ranch could relate to what the horses had been through.

 

By the spring of 2006, it was obvious to volunteers and parents of the children that working with horses was an incredible and positive experience. Parents sent letters expressing how the ranch improved their child’s life. The connection between the children, the parents, the horses and volunteers, was positive. It became the mission of the ranch to expand their work from caring for horses in need to also working with youth in need.
By the fall of 2006, Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch took root and was officially a non-profit organization. Volunteers came together and established a board of directors, which allowed for a long-term partnership of nurturing the well-being of horses and children. Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch is currently in its 10th year of running a non-profit ranch, with over 1200 kids coming per summer. It is still run by volunteers who are dedicated to the horses and all kids that come to have the best possible experience at the ranch.
In August of 2012, Seeds of Hope Youth Ranch was blessed with a 70 acre ranch that has an indoor arena and outside riding arena, barn with stalls, hay barn, trails and lots of pastures and shelters. God has blessed us in more ways than we could have imagined with the new ranch. It is a prayer that God heard for seven years asking for an indoor arena so the kids wouldn’t be disappointed when inclement weather didn’t allow for riding outside. The Lord is Faithful and loving to all who call on Him.
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