This summer, Mahala’s Hope welcomed Molly DePerkel for a two day workshop for our equine volunteers, staff, and counselor focusing on continuing our education of Equine Facilitated Learning. Molly is a psychologist in private practice at the Midwest Center for Trauma and Emotional Healing as well as an EPONA Equestrian Services approved instructor. Her wealth of knowledge was taught in both a classroom and hands-on format. This was a very in depth and unique first-hand experience for all who participated. Instead of being in the volunteer, facilitator, and counselor roles, we were all able to switch gears and participate in the workshop from a “client” perspective. An added bonus for Molly being able to come to the Mahala’s Hope site was being able to work with our talented herd. Morning Star, Prince, Max, and Savannah offered their endless wisdom and insight throughout the workshop proving yet again just how fortunate we are to have them all together here as our herd.

In April, we lost our sweet Maggie due to medical complications. She was one of the original herd members of Mahala’s Hope and went on to retire at Sandy’s farm. Additionally, in October, Gigi unfortunately was laid to rest as well. She was in the loving care of our previous Equine Specialist, Ariana. These two have touched the lives of countless clients, staff, and volunteers. They will always be honored and remembered.