Rainy Day Fun at the 12th Annual Bluegrass Ice Cream Social! Thanks to all who joined us for the 12th Annual Bluegrass Ice Cream Social on September 9th! Windy Acres welcomed nearly 200 guests and volunteers for an afternoon of games, music, animals, and ice cream. Despite the rain, visitors young and old enjoyed farm tours, observed exciting horse demonstrations, sampled cones from Mallard Ice Cream, and met our many animals. The hay alley offered
Horses as Healers Take a few minutes to read this article written by our resident equine-assisted mental health counselor, Lorna Shepardson, and learn how horses have a unique capacity to heal. Lorna beautifully illustrates the ways in which horses reach us at our darkest core, only to draw us into the light. A wonderful, inspiring read!
a heart-felt thank you to all who attended the annual Healing Hearts Breakfast fundraising event, October 22, 2015. Attendees heard first-hand how lives are transformed at Animals as Natural Therapy. Funds raised generously help support the healing work at ANT.
County therapy program uses animals to build trust and confidence. By Steve Guntli Troubled teens, elders and veterans can find peace and learn to build relationships with Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT). ANT is a Bellingham-based nonprofit that uses animals to help people heal, grow and learn. ANT works with troubled children, seniors, veterans and disabled people to help them develop relationships and build interpersonal skills. Sonja Wingard is the executive and program director for ANT. She started the program 16 years
We were fortunate to have Sarah Eden Wallace from KUOW.ORG Seattle at the farm to cover our EAGLE Vets work. Here is the video coverage and article. Horse Therapy Helps Veterans Heal Invisible Wounds By Sarah Eden Wallace • Jun 10, 2015 Veteran Richard Dykstra leads Abby in a corral for equine therapy as part of the Animals as Natural Therapy program north of Bellingham, Wash. KUOW Photo/Sarah Eden Wallace BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Horses are intuitive creatures. Sometimes they’re so sensitive a veteran’s pain can
Yesterday was the first day of Day Camp 2015. It is such an amazing process to watch the horses and kids pick each other. The Visions girls stood there holding all the horses and the campers wandered amongst them, approaching some with more caution than others, reaching out to be sniffed by the horse and stroke its neck or shoulder. Only occasionally a horse will settle their noses gently into a youth’s chest and you know that’s their kid. Often its more
[separator headline=”h3″ title=”We want to thank Grow Northwest for including us in their article about therapy animals programs.“] Therapy animals: A look at how some local groups are helping people of all ages Jan 3rd, 2015 | By Editor | Category: Features Horses Healing Heroes, Animals as Natural Therapy, and JNK Llama Farm by Jessamyn Tuttle A few years ago Arleen Gibson of
Here at ANT we use a variety of methods to work with our clients. Equine Therapy is one way we can affect change! People ask us about it and how it works. We would like to include this article as a resource for communicating just how Equine Therapy works. What Exactly is “Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Equine Facilitated Learning”? Reprinted from NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) Strides Magazine, Winter 1998 By Isabella “Boo” McDaniel, M.Ed., Co-Founder of EFMHA No one would