2014 Applications are now available! Go to our Applications page!
Volunteers of every kind are needed for this upcoming season! If you feel called to help this ministry in any way, please contact us!
Sponsor a Horse!
Help us take care of our horses! Click here for more information!
AJ, Classie, Bit of Hope, Sante, and Prince have been sponsored!
Check out their page (under 'The Horses' tab) to learn more!
Join us the first Monday of every month at the ranch to pray for this ministry! Starts at 7:30pm. We value your prayer support!
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to come and speak about our programs or call 616-312-5254.
Comments from 2013 Sessions
"SO HAPPY! A dream come true. Talks about her mentor and Promise 7 days a week. We talked about God bringing the sunshine every Thursday so we could see and feel His beauty everywhere. The love flowed from the mentors and helpers the moment we came to the ranch. Thanks for bringing a great positive to a sad situation in her life. Nothing but praise and happiness. God is seen every step of the way."
"My grandchildren were very traumatized. I knew they were going to start equestrian therapy but didn't know when. I was visiting their home and I heard giggling and laughter and play. I even got hugs spontaneously that day. Later I found out that they had had one session of therapy. I am here at their last session and I see life back in their eyes. I get spontaneous hugs and 'I love yous'. I see self confidence in them. I am so grateful to God for the help they have received."
"She really enjoyed her time with all the volunteers and her horse, Prince. After she was done riding, she would talk about her experience to everyone she would talk to. My wife and I were very pleased and impressed with all the people at H.U.G.S. Ranch. They were all great. I would recommend this activity to anyone. They really do great work here."
"The girls LOVED coming to H.U.G.S. Ranch! It was so wonderful that it was an experience that they could all participate in. No one had to be jealous adn they got to create some fun memories together. It's so nice that there are so many volunteers to give them so much attention. It also feels like a very safe place. I wasn't worried at all about the girls."
"I liked getting the mail and brushing him. It was the first time I've ever cleaned their feet. My favorite thing was riding without holding on."
"Thank you for H.U.G.S. Ranch! As a mom, I have seen my son become more verbal about the things that cause him anxiety. I really think horseback riding has empowered him to put words to his feelings. Thank you!!"
"I learned that bareback riding isn't that hard. You have to trust the horse so that you know where you are going. Getting off a horse is much easier than I thought. You can trust horse if they can trust you."