My family has been associated with T.R.A.K. for about two years. We would pass T.R.A.K., at its Craycroft location, frequently. From the road, you could see horses in the turnout. My son would see the horses and get excited. He verbalized his desire to ride. I decided to sign him up for a lesson. I had no idea how life changing T.R.A.K. would be for him.
My son’s first few lessons were solo lessons. He practiced grooming and learned about horse safety. He got to go on trail rides and rode around the arena proudly. He instantly connected with a feisty, paint horse named Peanut. Peanut and my son have had highs and lows, as they worked together as a team. I have watched my son accomplish goals with his riding. I have watched him show extreme amounts of courage. He enjoys the camaraderie he has with his peers at lessons, gymkhanas, and the Friday night light events. We look forward to days he gets to spend at the ranch. I love to watch him ride, while I get to give love to all the other animals at the ranch. I feel the stresses of life disappear while I am there. I love to feed apples to the horses and pet the happiest little pig, Wilbur.
I have seen “T.R.A.K. magic” happening. As summer lessons approached, my son made the decision to take on early morning lessons to avoid the heat. I was concerned that this would be problematic, as he had always been a child that enjoyed sleeping in. He is happy waking up at 5 to make it to his 6 o’clock lessons. I couldn’t believe it. He really wanted to spend as much time as possible at the ranch. He even asked to volunteer.
My son was unable to volunteer independently, as he was not 12 years old yet. His dad enjoys being outside and was agreeable to participating in the volunteer program. They signed up for the morning shifts, as it is suitable to our schedule. They took the horse handling class and did the volunteer orientation together. It has been a great opportunity for the two of them to have some designated time together. As the school year approached, my son was unable to volunteer as much. My husband made the decision to continue to volunteer at the ranch, even when my son was unable to be there.
I have seen people of all ages putting in an extreme amount of hard work without having to be asked. They do it because of the sense of serenity the ranch gives them. T.R.A.K gives everyone there an opportunity to work with and receive love from animals, while accomplishing goals in a safe environment. In an often scary world, Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids provides families with a safe outlet where they can live, learn, and grow. I am forever grateful. --A. H.
3250 E. Allen Rd. Tucson, AZ 85718 NOTICE: When you come to TRAK, you MUST only park along Edith Blvd. Parking is not permitted anywhere else.
TRAK Therapeutic Ranch for Animals & Kids
3250 E. Allen Rd. Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: (520) 298-9808 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TRAK is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit program focused on children with and without specific challenges.
Business Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9-4 pm, Closed Mondays
Fall Member Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 4-6 pm; Saturday and Sunday 7-11 am
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
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