Project Description

Cadence’s Story!

Cadence was born on the streets to a single, homeless mother and by the time she was three entered foster care due to extreme neglect, violence and malnutrition.

Fortunately, Holly and Brad fell in love with the tiny little girl they’d taken in as foster parents and adopted Cadence. “It was extremely hard for her to trust people at first,” says Holly. “She also had food hoarding tendencies because she was so deprived as a baby.”

Once in elementary school, anxiety and panic attacks emerged as Cadence struggled to develop relationships and healthy boundaries.  And, at home things were difficult as well. “Every day was a new day with her Dad because she remembered men only as abusive.”

Hope Reins, Holly thought, might be a pivotal support system for Cadence to make deeper connections because of the open, natural settings, horses and uplifting Christian foundation.

It was here she met Ruka, our beautiful black draft horse who shared a painful past of starvation and abuse as well. Caitlyn, Cadence’s session leader, explained how Ruka was still willing to trust people despite everything the mare had been through.

According to Holly, Cadence first said the words, ‘I love you,’ to Ruka – something she’d never, ever been able to say to her, Brad or anyone.

“Hope Reins has been a godsend.”

Support Hope & Healing!

Supporting the care of horses enables us to continue offering free programs to our kids, but caring for them is not cheap. They require a great deal of food, grooming and veterinary care.

Would you consider committing to a $25 monthly sponsorship, making a onetime donation, or signing up to serve at the ranch?

74 Hope Reins Kids Sponsored: 48% of Goal. Light the path so kids can see Hope this Christmas.

Will You Light the Path Forward, Too?

By supporting our equine mentorship program, you’re providing all the tools kids need to build their resiliency muscle. When they walk through our front gate grieving, hurting and feeling utterly alone, you are part of a coalition of hope and healing that meets them in their pain with wide open arms. You, a caring mentor, our herd of very special horses and Jesus Christ light the path forward.

There are 160 kids on our new pathway who need your help today. Will you help?

Light the Path for 160 kids