To know and understand the natural horse, we better know, understand and accept ourselves --as well as others!
South Central Pennsylvannia
near Chambersburg, Pa.
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THANKS from At-Risk [Autistic] Program
Aug. 21, 1996
Rose, Thank you can hardly express the gratitude I feel for the experience you and your 'family' presented me over that past two days. I am exhausted and exhilarated at the same time, and I can't wait to come back! In addition to learning some very valuable concepts, I also am thankful to have been able to watch you interact with those incredible animals. It was a beautiful thing to see. The title of this print on this card is 'Woman Who Watches'. I think it is very appropriate for you! See you (very) soon. Tracy R.
Dear Ms. Foreman, I wanted to take a moment to send you a note of thanks for taking the time to work with me and the autistic child that I have been working with through the Youth Advocate Program in York. Due to the fact that this child is completely nonverbal, his love for animals, and his interaction with them is one of the few outlets for stress and frustration that he has. In the short time that we spent with you and the horses, I saw a noticeable difference in the way this child deals with his environment. He seemed more comfortable in confronting, his anxieties in an appropriate manner and less dependent on me for reassurance. However, I think the moment that thrilled me the most was when I saw him signing the word 'YES' In the month that I have been working with this child, I have been teaching him sign language so that he may have an effective mode of communication. He has on occasion signed 'no' and 'more', but it wasn't until today that he signed 'YES'. I firmly believe that your program can have a positive impact on all people, particularly those dealing with various mental and emotional challenges and look forward to visiting on a regular basis as we grow and learn with the children that I service. Thanks again!!! Sincerely, Beth Jones Therapeutic Staff Support Youth Advocate Program
follow up letter October 14, 1996
Ms. Foreman, The purpose of this letter is to thank you for the
wonderful work you have been doing with me and the autistic
child I have been working with. With each visit we
make with you, I become more and more convinced that the experiences are enriching this little boy. He is progressively working through his own fears and anxieties in a positive way in a safe ,
reassuring environment. Needless to say, I was delighted on our third (and most recent) visit, when he independently sat on a horse only minutes after our arrival. It was hard to
believe that this was the same child who only weeks before would sit on the same horse only if I was on with him. It is my hope that as he learns to work through his anxieties and emotions
while with the horses, he can eventually carry these skills over with him to other environments. I wish you the best in your endeavors with this program. I honestly cannot
think of anyone who could not grow, learn or benefit from time spent with you and the wonderful horses you care for. Thanks again!!!! Sincerely Beth Jones
Therapeutic Staff Support, Youth Advocate Program