3/28/17 Some Tuesday nights at the HAY Foundation are very humbling. Last night was one of these nights for many of the HAY staff and volunteers. The following feedback is from parents….
One parent posted photos of her son graduating from the HAY Foundation program and wrote the following on the HAY Foundation Facebook page: “So proud of our little "not so little" man! He graduated from the H.A.Y Foundation tonight. He did awesome!! Thank you Mr. Shannon and everyone else who made this possible!” HAY is “a non-for-profit organization that teaches kids to ride horses. It teaches them self control, confidence, integrity and so much more. It's awesome.”Shannon Michel “is one of the kindest most genuine people I have ever met!”
A mother posted this on Facebook the morning after her high school age daughter’s first lesson: “My daughter, Ashlynn, had her first lesson yesterday. Thank you so much.
A father of an 8 year old boy completed the exit interview after his son’s 7th HAY Foundation lesson. The father explained that his entire family had been affected by the HAY Foundation because of his son’s participation in the program. Prior to starting in the program, he and his wife felt like they had no other options left to help their son with his anger other than to admit him to a local children’s psych hospital. After the school counselor referred their son to the HAY Foundation, they decided to try the program prior to admitting their son to the hospital. After 7 weeks in the HAY program, their son has learned how to deal with his anger through the use of the horses and is becoming a changed boy. Their entire family has benefited from this change and they are thankful that they no longer feel hopeless. The father stated the HAY Foundation was “the answer to their prayers”.
A 6 year old girl had been referred to HAY by her classroom teacher due to low self-esteem and high anxiety which was affecting her ability to make friends and participate in class. The girl had just completed her 7th HAY Foundation lesson at the arena. During her lesson, the previous owner of Wrangler, the HAY Foundation miniature horse, came to the arena to visit. A staff member asked the 6 year old girl to tell Wrangler’s previous owner what she thought of his horse. The girl confidently walked over to the stranger and told him that Wrangler was a great horse and she loved learning to ride on him. Not only did the girl speak to an adult that she didn’t know at the arena but her mother reported that she is now participating and talking in the classroom and even gave a speech to the entire class about horses last week!
A 15 year old girl wrote a thank you note to her sponsor which read: “I really appreciate you making this opportunity possible for me. I’ve always had a love for horses! I’m beyond happy that I got to learn a lot about horsemanship. The horse that I got to ride and learn about was Peanut. Me and him have bonded and I really like him. But anyway I’m very thankful for you donating the money to make this possible. The horses help a lot with my anxiety. Thanks again”