Daily Archives: October 11, 2008

Horses Helping Humans

Did you know that the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon is starting October 18th? And this year we get to pick the charity for which we want to raise money. I’ve chosen TRIPLE CREEK RANCH INC – a nonprofit therapeutic horseback riding center for kids and adults with disability. It is staffed 100% by volunteer effort!

Triple Creek Ranch employs 6 horses and 1 mule for its programs.

Meet the horses of Triple Creek Ranch:

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Casper is a 25 year old Arabian who is a retired endurance horse. Casper was donated to the program in 2007 by Sherry Bice and is the program’s smallest horse. He is often used for those students who are working on reining skills as he is very sensitive to his riders.

Uno is a 16 y/o American Quarter Horse and former calf roping horse donated in 2006 by Shane Dunning. Uno was TCRI’s therapeutic horse of the year in 2007. He is the tallest horse at TCRI and a student favorite.

Tuch is a 14 year old American Quarter Horse owned by Carla and Dwayne Bell and leased to Triple Creek for their programs. Tuch’s background is as a working ranch horse out of Oregon. His smooth gait and gentle temperment makes him an ideal therapeutic horse.

Charlie is a 26 year old Polish Arab donated by Jody Peltier in 2005. Charlie’s background is as a trail rider who is also a graduate of Shasta College. He is a pro in the arena and a favorite of the students who ride at TCRI.

Red is a 25 year old American Quarter Horse and retired ranch horse donated by Tommy Reid in 2005. Red was TCRI’s Hippotherapy horse of the year in 2007. His gentle nature and “concern” for his riders makes him an excellent choice for Hippotherapy.

Two Brands is a 23 year old American Quarter Horse and retired mounted police horse who was donated to TCRI in 2006 by Roger Keenan. His enthusiastic spirit makes him a good horse for those students learning advanced skills.

Ollie is a 30+ year old retired pack mule owned by Carla and Dwayne Bell and leased to Triple Creek. He is a ranch favorite and is especially helpful in teaching students grooming and tacking skills.

Did you know that the MINIMUM cost to care for ONE horse for ONE year is approximately $3000? So if Triple Creek’s horses have no health problems, it costs approximately $21,000 to feed, and provide preventative veterinary and farrier services for them for one year.

Triple Creek Ranch could use your help to continue providing excellent care for these amazing horses – horses who help their students to gain confidence, self-esteem, strength, balance, empathy and functional independence.

To sponsor me during the Read-A-Thon and commit to your donation to help this worthy cause (and to learn more about Triple Creek Ranch), visit MY POST about the fundraiser and use Mr. Linky.

Triple Creek, its students and the horses all will THANK YOU!

**ALSO, you can win a FREE BOOK! I will be giving away a hard cover edition of The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud on October 19th – to learn how YOU CAN WIN, visit my post about the giveaway. (International entries accepted)