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.
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.
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.
Layla & Risky (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.
Braelie & Ringo
Braelie has grown so much from this program. She has some anxiety and is very shy and being around the horses and the other girls, as well as the people who run the program and all the volunteers, has helped her to be able to open up and show who she really is! We are so grateful for this program.