Whispers of Hope Horse Farm is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a 100% volunteer staff. It is a facility designed to assist physically and mentally challenged individuals through therapeutic riding at no cost. Whispers of Hope Horse Farm’s goal is to provide a safe, educational and therapeutic environment for the horse and rider in a Christian based atmosphere.
Founder and Executive Director Mary Elizabeth Pearce donated the use of the acreage at her farm and has committed herself to making the facility a successful ministry for the riders, their families, and the many volunteers.
Horseback riding provides challenges as well as rewards. Riders are encouraged to expand the limits of their abilities in an environment that promotes success. What a blessing it is to see individuals with disabilities ride a horse. They sit tall in the saddle and their smiles light the arena. Their spirit is truly alive. All youth who reside in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma are eligible to participate in the program.
Research has proven that students who participate in therapeutic riding can experience physical, emotional, and mental rewards. Individuals with impaired mobility can benefit from the gentle and rhythmic movements of their bodies with the horse, similar to a human walking gait. These riders can experience increased balance, muscle control, and strength. Individuals with learning or mental disabilities are motivated by riding to increase concentration, patience, and discipline. The unique relationship formed with a horse can help improve interpersonal relationships when psychological and emotional disabilities are present. All riders can benefit from increased self-esteem and coping skills.
Weekly lessons with our instructors provide direct guidance and therapeutic sessions. Each individual will be scheduled for a once-a-week individual visit, or as part of a group of four (based on need and availability). We assign a specific horse to the individual so that they may develop a bond of trust with the horse. The volunteers and the students will work together each week. There will be exercises, games, and events that the students will participate in to develop the skills they individually need.
Day camps bring groups of students together for interaction to build on their communication skills in an enjoyable setting.
During the summer, there are several week-long camps for student participation. This time together will be beneficial in helping the children build motor and communication skills, and in developing increased independence.
The facility is located at 3545 Parkhill Road, Wichita Falls, Texas, which is off Seymour Highway, west of Kell Blvd. There is parking and accessibility from main thoroughfares.