“I came out and rode a horse - because I am a cancer survivor and my husband had cancer last year. I rode for emotional therapy. The horse's name was Charlie. Charlie and I bonded instantly. I hugged his neck and gave him so many kisses. I actually "cried on his shoulder"...
Charlie will always remain close to my heart for what he did the day I rode him - he was just amazingly magnificent and gave so much love to me. He gave me what I needed - someone to talk to - and while I was brushing him - I talked to him and he listened and it was an amazing experience…
Please tell Charlie I will be out there soon to spend time with him. I need someone to talk to - and he sure is an amazing listener. He is my dear friend…Cancer has left me with some health struggles and Charlie and those other magnificent horses - they make everything better. They bring back the hope that I need to hold on to.”
"Paws For Reflection Ranch has been amazing in our journey with our special needs daughter. When we started at the Ranch, our daughter was not social and made minimal eye contact; she was diagnosed with Autism in December 2010. She had many sensory issues along with a major speech delay and would not even attempt to get on a swing let alone a horse. I am proud to say, that our daughter will now swing on swings, ride horses, and take direction much better than she did six months ago and she is now extremely verbal!
The staff at the Ranch.....is amazing. They are open to each child's needs and wants and are willing to listen to the parents and what they are looking to accomplish. This has been a blessing for our family and helped our daughter tremendously! I cannot say enough in words how blessed we are to have opened the social, emotional, verbal and sensory issues with our daughter due to Paws for Reflection Ranch and their staff.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this journey with Autism an easier process. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and determination to help others and watch them succeed. We appreciate you all more than you know and are blessed to have found such a wonderful place to watch our daughter grow."
The Atwood Family
"Our daughter’s disabilities had led her to be extremely self-conscious and withdrawn in most public situations as she grew into a young lady. Her cerebral palsy and learning delays were not observable or severe; however, she would become frustrated due to her misunderstanding and comprehension of certain life situations. She was hesitant to participate in unknown activities and take any risks. Once she became involved at Paws for Reflection Ranch, we began to see a whole new young lady appear before our eyes.
We found Paws for Reflection by chance on a search engine while surfing the internet, it happened to be close to our home, so she started at Horse Camp the very next week!! Our experiences have not been short of amazing, she has been involved in Therapeutic Riding lessons, Girls Animal Lovers Society (GALS), camps, holiday events at the ranch, and literally everything we can make it to. Her increased confidence level has led her to participate in new school activities and try new experiences at home. She is involved in theater and choir, she will initiate conversations with new acquaintances and now she cultivates her friendships more fully. With her new confidence she even attended her Junior Prom and danced!!
We are very appreciative of this wonderful place; the staff has assisted her in growing, thinking, and maturing. Her confidence has blossomed and emotionally she is developing beautifully. Paws for Reflection Ranch has given her this ability and chance."
Brad and Amy Piland
"Thank you so much for such an amazing experience! The kids have not stopped talking about the trip, and I know they won't for weeks! They love the time in nature, and your staff's vast knowledge of animals and wildlife truly captured their interests! As a teacher of special needs students, I thoroughly appreciate your flexibility, fun and engaging activities, and most of all the way you love and respect the children and their needs.
We love how the students are learning (lots!) in such a relaxed and therapeutic environment. It's obvious that y'all have a true passion for both nature and students, and bringing the two together! Kudos to all of your hard work and amazing ideas! The experiences our kids get at Paws will be treasured for a lifetime."
Walnut Grove Middle School CBI
"On October 25, 2011, I attended a special event at Paws for Reflection Ranch...Ms. Kerry's (Community Based Instruction teacher at T.E. Baxter Elementary School) students visiting the Ranch. All of her children got to ride a horse that day, including the young child in the wheelchair. Oh, did he enjoy the ride."
Midlothian ISD Superintendent
"There was a flyer sent home from school with my grandson about 5 years ago. Since that time he has attended Kamp Kindness every summer. And according to James it is the best week of his year next to Christmas.
The staff at Kamp Kindness, I cannot praise enough. They are wonderful, caring young people that work very hard to ensure that every camper has a wonderful experience every day. The staff to camper ratio is almost one to one and they get to know the campers. They learn how to read their moods. They listen and ask questions. They are in my opinion wonderful role models. But they know their main job is to ensure that the campers have a week they will well remember...
James has learned to accept others with all their differences. He has learned tolerance, care of animals and a love for them, and even how to mediate and take a few minutes to think before he acts.
If you get the opportunity to send your child to Kamp Kindness I strongly urge you to take
advantage of it. I truly believe your child will find the experience to be a week full of great memories and lessons that will stay with them for a life time.
I want to thank Melode, Mandy and the other counselors for being a positive influence on my boy and for having a heart to help children. I hope that they get as much joy from this week as the campers get."
"It is such an honor for us to partner with Paws for Reflection Ranch during Camp H.O.P.E. (Helping Others In Parenting Experiences). Camp H.O.P.E. was designed to help incarcerated mothers bond with their children in a day camp setting. Bringing mother and child together with the animals really normalizes being a parent during this difficult time. What an incredible sight to see the looks on the faces of the children and mothers interacting with the animals, running the obstacle course with Jesse James and Tucker, and petting Ellie Mae the potbellied pig. Paws for Reflection staff and animals have enriched the lives of all they have touched. We are so grateful that they have been able to provide their services, staff, and animals to our day camp and hope this partnership will continue for years to come."
N. Briscoe, LMSW, Social Worker, Federal Medical Center Carswell
Fort Worth, Texas
"This (Horse Camp) is the one and only camps my children say they cannot miss. They love it so much that any prospect of missing camp would result in an eternal silent treatment. We love that horse camp "fills our daughters' buckets"."