True Blue Animal Rescue’s “Animals Bridge Love and Education (ABLE)” program is run by Melanie DeAeth. Melanie is an educator and reading specialist trained in dyslexia intervention and special education and she is also certified and trained as a behavior specialist.
On the animal side of things Melanie has a degree in Animal Science, Horse Husbandry and has worked with horses for over 30 years (including years giving riding lessons). Her passion for horses began as a child when she found comfort while working with and riding horses. Melanie learned from experience that horse interactions build self-esteem and confidence and she loves sharing this opportunity with others.
Children that come out to an ABLE session learn about our horses and dogs. They can participate in some animal care such as cleaning a stall, brushing horses and bathing dogs. We also offer the opportunity to work with horses in our round pen and arena and a chance to ride horses as well. Finally, we have a tractor drawn hay ride for the kids to enjoy after a hard day of work and animal play. The stall cleaning and animal brushing is a small portion of the experience. We believe some participation in animal care lets kids know that it’s a lot of work to care for animals. The rest is lots of fun and self esteem building time.
READ TO RIDE SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Read-to-Ride is a 30-minute guided educational horse experience that includes brushing, saddling, and riding a TBAR ABLE horse.
Time slots are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in July, from 9am-11pm. Participants must preregister by noon the day before their visit. Registration available at: http://read2ride.eventbrite.com
Cost is $10 for 1/2 hour of horse time, $20 for a riding lesson, or Free for children ages 6-10 who bring in a completed “Read-to-Ride” Ticket (one time only). Register on EventBrite to reserve your spot and then pay on site the day of your reservation. You can also call (936) 878-2349 to reserve your spot.