This has been a very fun and rewarding year for everyone involved in Horse Odyssey.
I have been a horsewoman all my life and in youth ministry for 33 of those years. For me, Horse Odyssey brings both of these gifts together. It is a joy for me to be able to pray for these young people and seek God’s guidance for them before I meet with them and introduce them to their horse each week.
Horse Odyssey is now drawing close to the end of our summer session. We officially started in spring and we will have our 10-week fall session before a winter break. It has been a challenging but rewarding spring and summer and despite some challenges, we have come through the official start of Horse Odyssey. Each month all of the mentors meet and discuss what was a success, and how to make improvements for the next session. God has been good and I've seen some changes in some of the students!
So I wanted to share a few testimonials from parents, students and mentors...
Wow! So much has happened at Horse Odyssey since the last blog.
The horses stayed nice and healthy through the winter and now spring is just about here. The weather has been gorgeous here in West Richland and over the next couple of weeks final preparations are being made to get ready to kickoff our program!
Our insurance is in place and the mentors are ready to go! We just have to get the horses back in shape over the next couple of weeks along with some small details in place that are required and we plan to start our first 10-week session at the end of March!
Read more in Horse Odyssey's August Newsletter...
The July Newsletter is here!
Wow...the old fencing is gone so what's next? Here is a list of things that need to happen before the horses can come:
1. Clean Up - Need some tree limbs, railroad ties and broken bear bottles cleaned and hauled away.
2. Wasp Control - I'm stocking up on wasp spray - when the metal fence posts were removed, the wasps are searching for new homes!
3. Grading - The corral and arena areas need to be graded. I will be planting grass seed in the corral area and in the center of the arena to help with dust control.
Horse Odyssey is one of the hardest adventures I've ever been on, yet it is one of the most rewarding...There are so many obstacles that I face continually yet God is always there encouraging me on!
I came across this poem and wanted to share:
Last night (June 13th) was the public hearing for the conditional use permit for Horse Odyssey. The reason I had to apply for a conditional use permit is the property I will be using is zoned residential.