I know it’s been a while since we’ve spoken, so I want to share a little about the events that have been going on here at the ranch this summer.
Summer camps were a real hit this year with 7 full weeks of camps. They were such a hit, in fact, that we had to borrow the neighbors trusted older gelding, Cruz, to accommodate another camper for 3 of the 7 weeks! Anira, Buck, Bandit, Ben, and Cruz were used for the week long camps. Biscuit and Gravy enjoyed helping during the two Kiddy Camps (ages 4-6) that we had in June. Please enjoy a few photo’s from camps at the bottom of this note.
In June, I had a client call and requested my help. Her daughters horse had gotten stuck in an irrigation ditch. The daughter had lead her horse from the far pasture to the pasture closer to the house, they crossed the ditch; which was their normal routine. However, this time, the water had washed out the rocks and left a muddy, boggy bottom. The horse got his hind legs stuck and panicked, flipping over on top of the little girl. Thankfully, the little girl was okay. She ended up with only a few bruises. We had to call the fire department to get the horse out of it’s predicament. It took 6 hours, 30+ crew of fire, EMS, vet, large animal rescue, and a large crane to rescue the horse. The horse was sedated and lifted out of the ditch to dry land. The horse walked to his pen under his own power and other than being a little dehydrated, he was perfectly fine. The little girl rode her horse just two days after the incident. To this day, they are both enjoying their rides around the property.
In July, Biscuit and Gravy had the pleasure of dressing up like clowns for a fun filled birthday party for two sisters. Ben, Anira, Buck, and Bandit allowed all 12 of these girls to take turns riding them. They taught them how to stop, walk, turn left and right in preparation for the trail rides. Put-put golf was set up in the driveway, along with horse shoes and croquet. Aside from riding the horses and petting the mini “clowns”; riding on the golf cart was the favorite. The kids had a blast riding around on the golf cart as they watched the other group ride the horses on the trail ride. After the rides, the kids ate lunch and had their ice-cream and cake. Before the kids packed up and headed home, they had to break open a horsey pinata! It was one tough pinata, but in the end, the kiddo’s got their candy.
The bleachers have been completed and have a wonderful roof to block the sun between the 10 o’ clock and 3 o’ clock hours in the summer. We have enjoyed having the families pile up on the bleachers to watch the campers demonstrate their abilities on horseback.
The summer went by so fast. We are so thankful for all the new families that have joined us this year as well as all the returning families. Because without you, what we do here at OCHS, would not be possible.
~Kate Thomas with OCHS