A Very Personal History – Silicon Valley Gives – Tuesday May 3.

In 1984 I became a mom.  I was still in high school.  My son Greg was born 9 weeks early and while he grew in an incubator in the hospital, I finished both high school and my first quarter of college. My son’s learning difficulty started early.  He had trouble focusing and staying still.  The Read More …

Beautiful, Rowdy Prisoners

…..Peace and kindness are contagious but must be cultivated. This week, I pushed a student past her limit and she hit an anxiety wall. It wasn’t the end of the world.  This student is unusually forgiving.  Mom was pleased  I’d had the temerity to push her daughter past her comfort zone.  The daughter was able Read More …

Strong Women Aren’t Always Human

When a horse at the ranch dies, It’s my job to help  kids come to grips with the circle of life.  I carefully consider the age and emotional state of each person when I break the news to them. It’s a tricky dance navigating each family’s culture regarding death. This time was different. This time, I did what Read More …

I Will Always Be a Follower

by Rachel Bisaillon Some of the kids’ names in this post have been changed to remain confidential. This month, marks three years at Kastl Rock Ranch. This occasion has me reflecting on how Square Peg has grown and evolved. What it really comes down to is the ability to increase our HorseBoy™ teachings and focus on using humor, Read More …

Values

“Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” Gandhi Early this week, I traveled to Texas to check in with our beloved HorseBoy tribe and to study under the wisdom and patience of international equitation masters Sofia Valenca and Goncalo Linhas. I enjoyed the connection of a community united by love and the Read More …

Dignity and Respect – the Antidote

Hold your loved ones close this chilly holiday and remember that the gift of Dignity costs you nothing and can mean the world. I have a love-hate relationship with labels. Labels such as “special needs” or “autism spectrum disorder” can open doors, spark compassion, and create community. But they can also change how you view Read More …

On the Eve of Christmas Eve, Here’s a Story – About a Horse Called Eve.

On the Eve of Christmas Eve, we thought we’d share a story – about a horse called Eve. by Kemma Peters Last May, I was given the opportunity to help train a horse to maybe someday be a lesson horse. At the time it seemed all fun and games. I soon realized, this was going Read More …