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Review for High Hurdles Horsemanship Program, Herald, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a farm kid, my two quarter horses were a fact of life, responsibility, work, play. They were a part of my life.
Then the farm kid left to pursue life.
Over the years, I have assisted with helping with horses used for special needs kids.
Then one of our sons turned out to be one of those kids who could benefit from that interaction with horses..... given the right type of environment and training.
My wife and I are both teachers - and she teaches special ed - so we have something of an "eye" for meaningful interaction with these kids.
Lisa has impressed me from the first moment David walked up to her.
My job - to be helpful when appropriate and be a parent who stays out of the way of the teacher who is choreographing the interaction of horses, assistants, and students.
Yet I have seized those moments to observe and appreciate David's steady progress under Lisa's consistency from day one to the present. And her management style extends across the board to all her students, be they mainstream or special needs.
Lisa is a teacher.
And after 21 years in my own "teacher saddle" that is not a glib, light assessment.
High Hurdles also does not operate on a plush budget. The efforts of those involved are tangible and easily identifiable.
As a public school teacher in fine arts, I understand "from the inside" the challenges of the needed financial assistance, the volunteer successes and failures, and the joy of non-profit success based on clearly defined goals.
In return, it is up to us parents to respect the practical upkeep of the site and the efforts of those who serve on the Board to support Lisa's vision with actions that demonstrate the understanding and acceptance of the identified goals.

I always drive away from High Hurdles:
1) wishing I could do more
2) extremely thankful that my son is involved
3) hoping High Hurdles will be the long-term success that Lisa is working toward
That's a good feeling.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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