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Support Group

HorseBuds Family support group is for parents of children with special needs. This is an outdoor, hands-on group  where parents can explore activities with their children in a safe natural environment. This group meets most Thursdays from 1:00-2:30. Here we can learn from each other, connect with families with similar life-styless. Siblings are included, and each week there will be a theme, and sometimes a guest participant in inspire the group.

The Very First Group meets: Thursday April 24th from 1:00-2:30. 

RSVP required. Please contact Deb. Check other Group dates on the Calendar.

Theme: Art for Special Artists (materials provided).

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Colin M.—HorseBuddies

Reaching out to people

Whether a person has a disability or not, they have a story. My New Year Resolution is to reach out to people. No one deserves to be alone. I want to let people know that they are valuable and be their friend. Could you or I be the one who sees someone that everyone has rejected and be their friend?

2013 in Review

Thank you to volunteers, participants and critters that make up the HorseBuds TRC family! The community now has a PATH International Center Member offering therapeutic riding in a unique farm-friendly setting! Grab your hot chocolate..this year in review might take awhile!

January 2013

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Mojo, an 18 year old mini horse gelding and ex-show driving mini, comes to Coyote Run Farm.

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Curly, a seven year old gelded Curly mustang, joins the herd!

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Hay fields are burned off early this year.

February 2013

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Storage room becomes new tack room, thanks to time and materials donated by Chris Michael.

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Deb and Chris Michael celebrate 26 years of marriage!

March 2013

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Juilie Lorton, Vice President of HorseBuds TRC Board, is a sanctioned clinician of Western Dressage Association of Colorado and teaches a clinic at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver.

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Program dog is chosen. Only 1/4 fits all the criteria for the HorseBuddies program. Angel (on right).

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Original barn cats, Cupcake and Razor, enjoy the heated pad in the winter, and the office when it is ridiculously cold!

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Tried to save the life of a little baby Pigmy goat. He went to the Broad Run Farm in the Sky.

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Juilie Lorton takes Gypsy and Deb Michael out to Jefferson County Fairgrounds for three 2-hour clinics.

April 2013

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Tack room, insulated, electricity installed, painted and ready for hardware.

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April 15th snow storm.

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Signage put up according to PATH International standards.

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Volunteer Training

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Four two-month old Nubian goats are donated to the farm and...

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…..a three month old piglet, Itsy Petunia! Thank you Lori and Gus Gill for letting your babies reside at Coyote Run Farm!

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Dr. Temple Grandin and me— clicking a selfie! (after lecture at UNC)

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Open House at the Farm to Introduce Therapeutic Riding to Greeley.

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Bottle feeding was a way of life! Thank you to all those volunteers who helped out. It sure was worth it!

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Our male, Arrow, was castrated and Chris had sympathy for him. 

May 2013

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Sudden illness takes Sparkle and she goes to the Broad Run Farm in the Sky. —Sweet little thing is still missed. 

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The chickens are laying giant eggs!

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Goats check out their future digs.

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First HorseBuddies Family Play Date: Hike to the pond

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Introduction to grooming

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Backyard fun

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June 2013

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Horse tricks

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Special diets!

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Went looking for a program bunny, and acquired Milo, a ten month old Lop Eared rabbit…and

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came back with an 11 year old mini Jenny.

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Mojo learns to smile on his own.

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This participant is starting to get more comfortable around horses.

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Critters are getting big..

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Curly learns to smile!

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Bonny is like a big easy chair!

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First Ride!

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Hay fields are growing.

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Bunny talk!

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Polka dotting Itsy!

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The tadpoles we caught at the pond are going to be Western Toads.

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Itsy just had a bath, but decided to take her own bath in the fountain. Smart pig!

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Monkey rope and sprinklers are fun in the shade to help cool off!

July 2013

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Fourth of July Party

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Our own Juilie Lorton performs a bridleless Western Dressage demonstration at the Greeley Stampede Rodeo.

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Trip to Canada: Deb volunteered at a Horse Boy Play Date in Nova Scotia, Canada at Hinchinbrook Farm Society.

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Back in Greeley: Three additions to the herd: Nubian-cross wethers. Thanks to Todd Doleshall, Rainbow Ridge Farms, Eaton.

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Volunteers help with horse training.

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New arrival on the farm from the Gills: Iggy Verbena, a two month old piglet.

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Ground work lesson: HorseBuddies Family Play Dates

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More bottle feeding help needed!

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August 2013

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Trotting is fun!

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Iggy and Itsy knew their names while we kept mixing them up!

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Senior pics on Bonny Lass! (nicknamed: the bus!)

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Curly beats the heat!

September 2013

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On-going training for the therapeutic riding horses is essential. Three day Clinic at Juilie Lortons. Day #1: Chamois and Deb 

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Three day Clinic at Juilie Lortons. Day #2: Juilie is helping Curly and Deb. Day #3 bonny Lass and Deb

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Leading a different horse.

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HorseBuddies Family Play Dates

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Tricks and Treats

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Fun on the trail

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HorseBuddies Family Play Dates sometimes are very spontaneous. Here is a precious moment with father and son.

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HorseBuddies Family Play Dates

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Bobbing for carrots!

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Cowboy cuteness

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Flooding (Miliken) of the Big Thompson River.

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HorseBuddies Family Play Dates: Birthday party

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HorseBuddies Family Play dates

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Bonny is falling asleep.

October 2013

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HorseBuddies family play dates

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Therapeutic Riding/Horse Buddies

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Bunny Love

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Cold outside, but who's out there? The action is in the office!

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HorseBuddies Family Play Dates-leading over the hill

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Dad getting comfortable with horses.

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A little relaxation is good for everyone!

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HorseBuddies Family Play Dates

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Beautiful October

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New winter apartment for the critters.

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Halloween Party

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Leaves are falling and bacon is calling…no, don't worry…we wouldn't…

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Pig protection for the goats!

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Mom's have to go for it sometimes!

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HorseBuddies Family Play Dates

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November 2013

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Coyote Run Farm

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Volunteer Training

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Chamois being silly

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Round pen with Bonny

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Horse cuddling demonstration!—HorseBuddies Family Play Dates

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Stepping up your horse to the mounting block

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Curly hams it up (far left)

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Tossing corn cobbs

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Volunteer training

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HorseBuddies Family Play Dates

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Hey, I'm a mustang. Please let me out to run around in the snow!

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Shrek doesn't mind the snow

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Play Dates in the snow.

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More warm winter weather.

December 2013

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Developing a logo

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Our Charlie Brown tree..

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Mojo decorated by Envision

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Roxy made gorgeous by Envision

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HorseBuddies Christmas fun

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Dad has assistance from a giant reindeer!

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Mojo scaring the children with his goofy smile!

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It's ok. He's not trying to be naughty, but smiling nicely!

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HorseBuddies Family Play Dates

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Campfire means safety first—we put the goats and pigs in the corral before we lit the fire.

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Merry Christmas from Angel!

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HorseBuds Therapeutic Riding Center is well on its way to serving the community. Thank you to everyone who participated to make the center's programs a reality! Blessings to you from HorseBuds TRC for the New Year of 2014. 

Sincerely, Deb Michael, Volunteer and Program Coordinator

Curly grows a mane overnight!

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Curly December 2012

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Curly September 2013 His tail has balded his "bottom."

And now… Curly...Halloween Night 2013……..

Inspiration by Dee Cooley and BOO! Y'ALL! A word from Curly to Miss Chamois pictured above with her perfect curls: "Guys look good in curls too! Just you wait until I grow some real ones!" 

Curly is an extreme Curly with a bald tail and practically non-existent mane. To find out about these unique Curly horses check out this link. www.ICHOCURLYHORSE.org

Scroll down to see a picture of an extreme Curly. I found this pic on the web. 

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(Below: This is not our horse)

Exteme Curly horses come in many varieties!

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Goat Habitat

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Here we've build a shelter within a shelter to prepare for wintering the goats and pigs. The goats are 9 month old Nubians and Nubian/crosses. They do live with pigs (9 month and a 5 months). Chris and I have done some research and found that a low-roof, draft-free shelter is best. Also, if you do not clean out the manure in the shelter, but instead keep adding straw or hay to it for the winter then the manure composts underneath acting like a heater for the animals. In the spring, it's time to clean it out. We are going to put heavy strips of plastic over the door so that they can cuddle up and truly be draft-free. Chris is going to build a ramp so that the goats can get up on top of the shelter too. They will have to walk outside to the heated water troughs, and my vet said that would be fine. We are looking for large wire spools for the corral so they can jump and lie on them. Of course, the goats and the pigs take a walk with me down to the arena to forage several times a week. Good for the morale! Even mine!! Ha Ha!

I'm new to the goat world and pig world so any hints on caring for them would be always appreciated. 

Communication

Animals communicate with each other as people do, but with a more primitive vocabulary! Better communication with people is a goal of mine, but sometimes people don't hear what is said, don't care what is said, or think you said the opposite of what you actually said. I'm not sure if it's because some people have lost the ability to be good listeners, or that people have become self-consummed, or only hear what they want to hear. With a more sophisticated vocabulary there comes an easier chance for misunderstanding.

HorseBuds TRC needs your help!

Please help spread the word about our programs. A power point presentation will be given next Tuesday evening to the NCQHA meeting to create awareness of our programs. It will feature a 10 week journey through the HorseBuddies program for families of children and adults with autism. Need a speaker for your club? Contact us!

PATH Center Member

HorseBuds TRC Inc. was PATH International's newest Center Member as of July 26, 2013!  

First Post

Hello friends of HorseBuds Therapeutic Riding Center Inc. 


It all began in with a newpaper article I saw July 26, 2011 in the Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, a newspaper from the good old south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada where I was born. The headline read, "Parade rider raises awareness of autism, treatment method." The article featured Patricia McGill's HInchinbrook farm's Horse Boy program. One family, with an eight year old daughter with autism discovered that their daughter's meltdowns diminished after switching to the Horse Boy Method. The change is like "night and day," said the mother. Horse Boy encompasses sensory work and academics on horseback.  


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