Next Challenged Children Session will be October 31st – November 18th
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 Therapeutic Riding Lessons
Weekly lessons with our certified 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 to five (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. Encouragement for learning and betterment is very much apart of the program here.
Wounded Soldier Program
Friday mornings from 10 to 12:00 there are weekly sessions for our wounded soldiers to ride horses, brush and groom, telling the horse their darkest deepest secrets and the horse never shares their information. What a gift they are for so many. The adult volunteers that come and work on Friday morning are dedicated to these soldiers and the horses that are so helpful. Soldiers can also walk through barn, petting horses, clean stalls, help with work around farm or fish in back pasture.
Western and English Riding Lessons
Lessons for both Western and English riding are available each week with CHA certified instructor and our solid coaching staff. Call our office or email from list above regarding your opportunity for lessons. These lessons are vital to our program, as they help pay for the food and care of our horses. We do have some amazing riding horses. Come join in the fun and become an excellent rider or join our volunteer team.
Trail Rides and Drop in Riding
Trail riding is also available over our 20 acre back area as well as for excursion adventures. We have individual or group opportunities. Call Stephanie to schedule. Drop by riding is held in our arena during times not currently scheduled for challenged classes or other lessons. Call us for further opportunities.
Summer Day Camps
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. Children learn about anatomy, how to halter and walk a horse and how to properly ride. Arts & Crafts, painting horses, game, feeding horses and cleaning stalls. Camps run 8 am to 5 pm Tues to Friday in June and 8 am to 12 pm in July. Barn is closed in August!
The facility is located at 3545 Parkhill Road, Wichita Falls, Texas, which is off the Seymour Highway, west of Kell Blvd. There is parking and accessibility from main thoroughfares.