Does It Work?

Ironically, I was asked by an autism dad – a really thoughtful and kind autism dad “Does it work? Can you prove it?” It’s a fair question – especially as a non-profit soliciting for donations and support. People have limited resources and they want to support programs with proof of real results. I talked about Read More …

The Antidote to Bad News

What if I told you that every one of us has the knowledge, the training, the skills and the opportunity to relieve the world’s most crippling affliction? This terrible condition is 100% treatable and reversible.  It won’t require insurance coverage, legislation, staff meetings, specialists or any equipment. You think I’m lying or exaggerating. My argument isn’t supported Read More …

A Very Personal History – And a Chance to Make Change

In 1984 I became a mom.  I was still in high school.  My son Greg was born 9 weeks early and weighed 3 and a half pounds. 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 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 …