Kids & Horses reflects on time as Pillar Partner

MINDEN, Nev. (KOLO) - Although a new slate of non-profits are on deck, organizers with Kids and Horses ask that you continue to keep the agency in mind, as there is still a need for more volunteers and clients.

Horses helping humans. What a beautiful and successful concept. Kids and Horses in Minden has been using therapy horses to assist Nevadans with disabilities for 20 years.

“A lot of the horses that we have are horses that have already had a job. Maybe they are show horses or three-day event horses, they were roping horses, or they were ranch horses,” Program Director Catherine O’Brien explains.

KOLO 8 News Now is the only television station in this market to dedicate on air talent and resources to a free yearlong partnership with area nonprofits, which is only successful because of our giving community.

“It has brought us more recognition as far as...it’s kind of interesting when you meet people who have been in the neighborhood for 40 years and they haven't heard of Kids and Horses, we're kind of a unique entity," O’ Brien details. She says the growth over the last year has been astounding, adding, “Occupational, speech and physical therapists want to come on board. We have people come talk to us about horses, we've had volunteers. We had a gentleman bring us five hundred dollars cash one afternoon because he'd seen you on TV and loved what we are doing.”

But it doesn't end here. More volunteers are needed to keep up with this growth and there are openings for clients. Whether a child is facing ADHD, Autism or Dyslexia… or an adult is back from serving our country, facing Parkinson’s or recently injured. This agency rarely charges for these one-on-one sessions with licensed therapists.

The hope is you'll keep Kids and Horses in mind as it continues its ride on the saddle towards making a difference in our area.

Kids and horses along with connected horse are now taking clients for a new dementia program. Session one begins in March, weather permitting. The free sessions are on the 14th, 21st, 28th and April 4th from 12:30 to 3 p.m. As a caretaker or family member, you're asked to give Kids and Horses a call to set up an appointment and commit to these four dates. You can learn more about the dementia program here.

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