Summer finds success

For Summer, one of the students at Gaitway High School, our horses helped her when she needed it most. She was experiencing difficulty at her high school and coming to Gaitway High School made her feel comfortable at school again. The small class size, individualized lesson plans and farm environment helped her to succeed. She says the horses calm her. She also bursts with pride when she talks about how she leads horses for other school students during their lessons. “I love the kids and it feels good that the teachers and parents trust me with this responsibility.”

Today 68 students have graduated from Gaitway High School, the alternative school on-site which helps students who are struggling in a traditional school environment. For more information about Gaitway, please click here.

Bryanna builds confidence

Bryanna loved horses from as far back as she can remember. So it was no surprise that when her mom asked if she wanted to attend a high school with horses, she instantly said, “I’m in.” That was years ago and Bryanna is one of our graduates from our alternative high school, Gaitway.

She says her experience at Fieldstone Farm has helped her confront her anxiety and become a more positive person.

 

“When I am with horses, I just settle down. Horses don’t judge you, they don’t live in the past, they live in the now,” she says talking about the bonds she made with our horses.

“I know when I am with them everything is going to be okay,” she says recalling one day when everything was going wrong. She remembers walking into Rascal’s stall to bring him out for a lesson, and she gave him a hug. Instinctively he knew she was upset. She didn’t have to explain what had gone wrong or how she was feeling. He just gently laid his head on hers and comforted her. It was exactly what she needed. He understood. It made the tears rush out.

The horses at Fieldstone Farm and Gaitway High School have changed her life and helped her to chart a new course for her future.