What's new at the ranch?
Words From the Director
So much has changed since I founded Bethany's Gait eight years ago. God put it on my heart to create a place where foster children and rescue horses could heal together through the unconditional love and understanding the two could share. What began as a mentor program for foster children grew to include at risk children and hurting adults. In 2010 we added programs specific to military and their families. We quickly grew to serving about 100 clients each month. If anyone had told me back in 2006 that I would move the program to Arizona and serve only military I would have told them they were crazy. But here I am today. When people ask me how the ranch came to what it is today, I simply tell them I was being a faithful Christian servant. When we first began, my boys were 11 and 16; I had a real sense of the needs of kids. Today they are 19 and 24 and I'm proud to say my oldest is serving in the Marine Corps as an aviator. And, my youngest is considering becoming a Navy Seal. With my husband having served 24 years as a Marine, we are truly a military family. It's absolutely where my heart is! I'm reminded of Proverbs 27:19 which says "As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart." That couldn't be closer to the truth when it comes to me and where Bethany's Gait Ranch stands today!
New to the Herd
Over the past six months we have brought five new horses into our herd.
--Khaleesi, a little Fjord mare, came to us after she was involved in an accident that resulted in a fatality. She was scared and confused but is now settling in nicely.
--Vaquero, a Paint gelding, was a casualty of a divorce. He hadn't been worked much in the past year so he has been spending a lot of time with our Director of Equine Training. He is proving to be a great addition to our program.
--We rescued George, a brown Dun Quarter Horse gelding; Scout, a mini paint stud; and Fiona, a mini mule from a kill pen in Louisiana. All were severely underweight and had some fear of humans. George has warmed up to us nicely and keeps us laughing with his silly antics. Scout has put weight on quickly and is allowing us to do ground work with him. Don't tell him he's a mini, though. He won't believe it! Fiona came to us with a luxating hip, which resulted in her dragging her back left leg. She had surgery a few weeks after we got her and is recovering nicely. She is a sweet girl but has huge trust issues. She is slowly warming up to us.
Rest in Peace Sweet Allie!
In April our sweet mare Allie went over the rainbow bridge. In the eight years we had her, she was a shining light for countless children and adults. She always took care of her riders and was especially fond of children, stepping extra carefully when they were on her back. We will miss her confident, loving nature dearly but find solace in knowing she lived a long, happy life. Allie was 28. Run free in the green fields of heaven beautiful girl!