Erin & Buck (Sponsor needed)
My experience after I joined the program was incredible. I learned a lot from other members and volunteers and I grew a lot as a person. Learning horsemanship has also helped me in other areas in my life as well. Being able to work with a horse gives me something to look forward to every day.
Aurora & Desert Rose (Sponsor needed)
Whispering Canyons is my home away from home. I feel happy, safe, and a place I can be me. I had never riden horses in my whole life before I came to Whispering Canyons. I came just to feed and water horses. I fell in love with a horse named Chili and he showed me what it meant to be loved by a horse.
I now ride Desert Rose and we together are becoming a beautiful team. The most important tools I have learned at the ranch are self-confidence, love (even when your horse just threw you in a mud puddle), hard work, and courage. I will forever be greatful for these tools that I will carry them with me for the rest of my life.
Ashelyn & Makawea (Sponsor needed)
I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Whispering Canyons Foundation. The ranch has done me a big favor of helping me cope with my anxiety, it’s similar to horse therapy.
It seems like a big job, which it is but it helps distract from things that are bothering you, it gives you different things to focus on. For example, you clean the stall, feed, and water, clean the horse, work with the horse, and you can ride. There are many people that you can ask for help, there are trainers as well to help with things you need to do.
I am just very glad I was able to be with Whispering Canyon, it’s such fun and full of experience, no other place I wanna be than there. Nothing but good times, muddy clothes, and cold hands. It’s the best when we ride together, bonding is always made.
Merril is a great guy, he is so helpful and just a nice person to be around. Whispering Canyons wouldn’t be anything without him. Merril makes everybody’s day, he is a great teacher, nothing more that I can say except I am grateful he is here.
Lyn & Loki (Sponsor needed)
I'm Lyn, and this is my horse, Loki. At the moment he is 5 months old and doing great in training. He's an orphan, so I'm doing my best to raise him well and not overdo anything. He's made me so happy for the past few months. Of course, this is all thanks to Merrill. He made the ranch possible, and I'm so very thankful that we were able to save Loki. I've never been happier in my life, and none of this would have happened without them. This is the best thing that ever could have happened to me.
Rachel & Jynx (Sponsor needed)
When I joined Whispering Canyons, I was pretty quiet and shy. But, being around people who I had lots of things in common with helped me come out of my shell more and more. I have gained confidence and a quicker mind. I have traded through six horses. Each one had a different skill set to teach me. I have grown so much through this program. I am so grateful for Merrill and everyone that helped me among the way.
Darcy & Scout (Sponsor needed)
When I came to Whispering Canyons, I didn't know anything about horses. I was very shy and didn't have much confidence. When I got my horse Scout, he was always scared and didn't really trust people. Because he was always scared, I had to learn to keep calm and be a confident leader. Because I have learned to do this, I am more confident in my everday life. I am very grateful for everything that I have learned here at Whispering Canyons and for the many kind people I have met that have helped me along the way.
Jessica & Cherokee (Sponsor needed)
My experience at Whispering Canyons has been absolutely amazing. Because of Whispering Canyons, I have been able to get better at being more talkative and open up to people more, make new friends, learn how to, and get better at handling and caring for horses, and form an unbreakable bond with my horse. Going to the ranch everyday, and taking care of and riding my horse is always so fun, and I never get bored of it and look forward to going everyday. I am so very thankful for Whispering Canyons and the opportunity it has given me.
Mila & Shiloh (Sponsor needed)
Joining the program Whispering Canyons is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me and has changed my life. My first day joining the program was incredible, everyone was, and still is, so welcoming and kind to me. I have had my horse Shiloh since July 2019, and I love her so much. Shiloh is my best friend and is stubborn, very sweet, and fun. I can't imagine my life without Whispering Canyons. I have gained a lot of joy and comfort since joining the program. There's nothing like riding a horse with the wind blowing through your hair and feeling a sense of accomplishment. I'm so grateful for Merrill and all of the people at the ranch.
Ava & Sadie (Sponsor needed)
Meet Ava and Sadie! ? These two are two peas in a pod! Both have so much love, silliness, a lot of sassiness, and can relate well with each other overcoming struggles whether it be from physical injury, mental or emotional injury, these two have an undeniable bond! Ava’s struggled with mental illness that carries a lot of anxiety for her with it, and before Whispering Canyons, everyday was a struggle. So...How much weight can a horse carry?
In my experience, a horse can carry an infinite amount.
They can carry the weight of broken hearts, broken homes, broken minds, and broken bodies. Countless tears sometimes comb their tangled manes. Moments when parents and friends cannot be there to help and hold a person, horses embrace and empower. They carry physical, mental, and emotional handicaps. They carry hopes and dreams; and they will carry the stress from your day when you can't carry it anymore.
They will carry you to success when all you have felt is failure. They will carry you, never knowing the weight of your burdens and triumphs. If you let them, they will carry you through life, and life is hard, life is heavy. But a horse will make you feel weightless under it all. - Sarah Huffman
Courtney & Brandy (Sponsor needed)
To start off, I'm so happy that I am able to be part of Whispering Canyons. I have met some amazing people and have been taught a lot of amazing things. Here at the ranch, I have gone through good and bad. I used to have a horse named Eclipse. She was an Arabian flea bitten grey. She was such an amazing horse. She always love to stick her tongue out and was such a loving horse. I spent the best 7 months with her before she had to be put down. One thing I love, was I had such amazing support from Merrill and a bunch of people from the ranch. I am really appreciative of the support I got. I still really miss my girl but I know she is not in pain anymore. After a while, I was introduced to a Red Roan Appaloosa, Brandy. She can be sassy but she is such a sweet and playful horse. That girl loves to grab things and play with them. That girls has helped me so much. I am grateful to have her as mine. I am so grateful for both of my horses. Whispering Canyons is such an amazing place. I mean, I can't say that winter in my favorite; it can be a pain but I love being able to be a part of it. Whispering Canyons has helped me so much. It has taught me how to take care of a horse and how to ride. I know for sure it has helped my presonal life so much. I want to thank Merrill for making it possible for me to have a horse. He is such an amazing person, always helping other people. I also like to thank all the adults and volunteers. You guys have made Whispering Canyons into such an amazing place. I am glad to know all of you guys and be part of the amazing work you guys do.
Layla & Gwedo (Sponsor needed)
Being a part of this foundation has been amazing. It has also taught me how to be more mature and responsible! It has brought me out of my shell by being around new people. My horse has made me more confident in myself and my riding. My horse has also helped my depressions, ptsd, and anxiety. This place has done wonders for me.
Kembrie & Rosy (Sponsor needed)
When I first came, I knew nothing at all and I was scared of my horse I was assigned to. She would rear and buck something crazy. I couldn't even bring her out by myself or stand up for myself much. Coming here has helped boost my confidence both physically and mentally. With good friends by my side helping each other, anything is possible. The ranch has taught me more about horses than I ever imagined. I know that this ranch has helped so so much. So, thank you Merrill for letting me in and thank you to my good friends for helping me.