It's a simple story about using the unique power of equine therapy
to support others when life pitches unexpected curve balls over the plate.
Peaceful Ponies was born from a deep and visceral love of horses,
then gently meshed with the intangible rewards of caring for individuals facing
As a second grader, my journey began by physically caring for my
bedridden mother, who was completely quadriplegic by the time I entered
middle school My greatest honor was to witness her brave example of
enduring courage and sheer zest for life itself, versus being defeated by it.
Over these years, her critical care gifted me with profound life lessons and it
became clear to me that the true hero's among us are those carrying the
heaviest burden --- an illness or circumstance demanding a herculean
example of strength and fortitude each and every day,
that the rest of us can only imagine.
Suffering isn't easy.
After her death, I administered prolonged palliative care for several souls very close
to me. Each individual exemplified their own version of grit and personal
heroism, and I am forever humbled by their embodiment
of inspiration, dignity and grace.
A move to the southwest opened up a bold new world of horseback
riding, and by the end of my first lesson, I was hooked on all things equestrian.
Nothing fed my Spirit more than riding Joseph, my trusted stead, and breathing
in the earthy aroma of his barn. He was my best friend, and for years we
explored miles of trails and rugged New Mexico terrain. He metaphorically
lifted me five feet closer to God, connecting me to my own humanity; I found a
level of peacefulness that I had never experienced before, nor since.
Such is the healing power of horses.
Sweet Joseph has now gone to his forever pasture, but our partnership
infused a love so strong and transformative, it triggered a mid-life
coarse correction. A lengthy career in business was easily replaced by a
shovel and a muck bucket, trading in my briefcase for a pair of
durable rubber boots.
My husband, Carl, and I founded Peaceful Ponies amidst a spot of green near Tulsa, Oklahoma with a barn blaring country tunes, blowing hay and lots of dust.
Two-stepping inside, you'll find 'Rosebud' and 'Sally', precocious fillies
who galloped straight into our waiting hearts. They are now ready to hop in
the trailer and head out to a different sort of trail with a far different purpose.
Please get in touch if you think our little ponies may comfort a
heart you know in need.
Yours in Service,
Head Wrangler and Chief Hoof-Picker
May Peace Be Unto You.