"My name is Ashley and I am 19 years old. I was diagnosed with PDD-NOS which is a mild form of autism. My major issue is a fear of stairs, hills and heights. When I go to Willow Creek Ranch my body calms down instantly because my horse Dell is calm with me. Right away I forget my stress of the day when I arrive at the Ranch and my fear of heights goes away as I ride Dell."
"I have been riding since 6th grade. My confidence, balance and coordination continue to improve each year which allowed me to participate in other activities like Special Olympics where I received a 1st place 2 years in a row."
"Right now I am able to ride at Willow Creek for a few months out of the year due to cold weather. I hope someday soon they will be able to build an indoor arena so I can ride every week. This would make a huge difference in my world and help me a lot. Sometimes when I don’t ride for several months during winter I have difficulty remembering basics of riding. The indoor arena would help me a lot and allow me to ride every week and continue to improve my skills."
If you have any questions about my riding experiences at Willow Creek, contact me, Ashley M.
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Hello, my name is Kylie, I am 12 years old and I have been a rider at Willow Creek Ranch since I was 5. I have Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and it has caused many difficulties in my life. TSC is when benign tumors grow on different organs of the nervous -system. I have 3 different types of tumors in my brain, some on my kidneys and skin. I have lots of seizures and have to be on lots of medications to help me.
Even though I am 12 years old it is hard for me to do things that many other kids my age can do. Willow Creek Ranch has given me the opportunity to do something super special …I can ride a horse! I can balance, steer, stop, start, and take care of my horse. I have learned to be independent, responsible, and most of all, this program has given me confidence. I am excited about the opportunity to have an indoor arena so I can ride year round. I am so happy to be a part of the Willow Creek Ranch family. A place where miracles happen! Where I can learn, where I am accepted and where I am loved.
Review from Guidestar