In order to know where we’re going, we have to know where we’ve been. That’s where our Outcomes Report comes in. Each year, we collect data in the form of surveys from clients and residents letting us know how they feel about their experiences at Ranch Ehrlo. For today’s blog, we summed up some of the key points from the 2016 Outcomes Report in easy-to-digest infographic form.Read More
For the past 13 years youth at Ranch Ehrlo have had a unique opportunity to showcase their artistic talents.Read More
At Ranch Ehrlo, we have achieved a reputation for our service excellence and that is something we don’t take lightly. We never stop trying to better ourselves. We believe in constantly making improvements to our services.Read More
“Over the years, the Ranch Ehrlo Society has elected a range of directors to provide governance and to represent the interest of the community. These people have proved invaluable in helping the organization grow and develop.” Excerpt from Go Forward with pride: A historical review of the Ranch Ehrlo Society.Read More
There are many unique aspects to our Buckland campus – geographical location, proximity to a national forest, and natural beauty, to name a few.
One of the first things a new visitor to campus may notice, however, is a slight smell of horses. Venture a little further in and you’ll notice a two-story arena within walking distance from the campus’ group homes. The structure is the Donalda Hansen Centre (named after former board member Donalda Hansen).
Though we offer Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to some of our southern clientele through the Regina Equestrian Club, Buckland’s Donalda Hansen Centre is literally outside the door for clients who live in Klassen or Alex Guy houses. The two-level facility has a state-of-the-art riding arena on the main level and a classroom for Ranch youth on the second level.
So naturally, clients at our northern campus get a lot of one-on-one time with horses – and, perhaps surprisingly, it can be one of our biggest keys to unlocking the potential of each youth.
“The youth we work with at times are quite difficult to reach and even harder to motivate. Some resist treatment, and some have difficulty forming relationships and trusting others,” explained former director of programs north Randy O’Shaughnessy. “But when you’re working with a horse, you have to develop a relationship – a horse won’t have anything to do with you unless it has that element of trust.”
“Horses never lie, and they work best with a trusting and respectful relationship,” equine program leader Amanda Snell added.
“So basically, working with horses breaks down these defense barriers with youth. Through this, they’re forming a close bond and a relationship they may have always wanted – and its good practice for and can be related to working with humans, as well.”
But the benefits don’t stop there.
Equine-assisted learning also provides clients with a self-confidence and helps with developing emotional intelligence and empathy.
Randy concluded, “Horses are quite in-tune with their environment, so when the youth learn to read the horse and its body language, it provides an underlying sense of empathy and leads to kids being able to look at themselves and say, ‘how am I feeling, and how is it affecting others?’
Join us on September 19th from 3 – 5 p.m. as we celebrate 20 years of going forward with pride in the north with a barbeque at the campus!Read More