It is often helpful to read the experiences of other families when choosing a program for a child with unique needs. The following testimonial comes from a Trak parent who has been associated with the program for several years and has watched her son grow and flourish as a result of being at the ranch. The amazing attribute of TRAK is that you cannot tell by looking who has special needs and who doesn't. TRAK is one happy 'family' of diverse individuals enjoying Western life on horseback.
"I remember very clearly dropping my son off at Trak for the first time many years ago and sitting in the car, holding my breath, hoping he would relax and have fun. Knowing that he was worrying about germs, how big the horses were, looking stupid in front of other kids and not getting it right, I worried too. Little did I know he was about to meet the man I like to call the “D- Whisperer”. A man who’s quiet confidence and calm demeanor both frustrated and inspired a young kid who had little confidence in himself. Scott never rose to the bait when D got frustrated or changed his belief in D’s abilities. Even when D quit for a day, weeks, or months Scott was right there when D was returned calmly leading him forward, taking small victories like getting horse spit on your hands as huge wins. Fast forward to a 17 year old who has grown into a thoughtful, albeit stubborn, young man. A young man who doesn’t quit, works hard, feels compassion for others, and takes risks without constantly worrying about failure. When I look back on all the pivotal points and people who have helped get us where we are today, I know that Trak and Scott were the turning point. The D- Whisperer will forever hold a place in my heart because he believes is my son. Thank you to all who make Trak a reality."
A.O.- Tucson, AZ