Roughout Ranch Foundation develops, provides and facilitates the connection between horse and human to provide social recreation, life skills and therapy programs to inspire, motivate and enrich the physical, mental, and social health of all populations including kids and adults with physical differences, developmental delays & foster/adopted children.
Horses and ranch life fosters social and emotional learning, healthy transitions and relationships, independence and promotes awareness of critical traits, such as sense of purpose and community, nutritional awareness, and building confidence. Using equine-assisted activities and learning, life skills and therapy, we can achieve our goal to improve the quality of life, self-confidence, and overall health.
Kathy is a co-owner of Roughout Ranch and lives on the ranch. She holds five OK Corral certificates in equine-assisted philosophy, a certificate in the Authenticity Workshops: Conscious Connection and Encouraging Engagement, and a Stable Moments Certification to serve foster and adopted children.
Kathy is the program director, equine specialist, developer of the Authenticity Workshops and original founder of Daystar Ranch in the early 1990s, she identifies as a Follower of the Light who’s “learned a few things about love, life and relationships.” Mother of six, grandmother of 12, Certified Flight Instructor and a Registered Nurse who’s cared for newborns, mental health patients and for those in hospice.
McKenna is a Bay Area local whose always dreamed of living in the countryside. In 2019 she spent six month volunteering at a Camphill Community in Ireland and that is what sparked her passion for working with those with disabilities in a farm/ranch like setting. Her degree is in Human Communication from CSUMB and she brings with her administrative and communication skills.
Jim is a co-owner of Roughout Ranch and received a BS degree in Range & Wildland Science from UC Davis. He lives on the ranch, provides horse training, horse care, facilities maintenance and management.
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Brenna currently is a local social worker with a Master’s Degree & now is pursuing her LCSW.
Dusty is a 17-year-old Blue Roan Mustang gelding and BLM rescue that went through the Nevada Correctional Center Wild Horse & Burro Training program. He has been in our Horse Encounters™ and Therapeutic Riding programs since 2019. He also has been a trail riding horse and has solid groundwork foundation. Dusty is the alpha horse and very confident, responsive and sensitive to pressure.
Chile is an 8-year-old Sorrel Mustang gelding and BLM rescue that went through the Nevada Correctional Center Wild Horse & Burro Training program. He was trained to be a cattle horse by the Center. He has been in our Horse Encounters™ and Therapeutic Riding programs since 2019 and is very gentle and patient.
Paint is a 15-year-old Paint horse gelding. Paint is diabetic and prone to foundering so he eats lower sugar hays and supplements for better hoof health. He wears boots on his front hooves most days which allows him to run and play with the other horses. Paint very calm and reliable in nature and loves to do groundwork exercises. He has been in our Horse Encounters™, Therapeutic Horsemandship and Therapeutic Riding programs since 2019.
Puck is an 18-year-old Shetland Pony gelding. Puck was trained to give pony rides and to pull a cart. He has been in our Horse Encounters™ and Therapeutic Riding programs since 2019 and is in our Carting program. Puck is a favorite for the kids.
Waldo is a 4-year-old Standard Donkey gelding and BLM rescue from Arizona and is halter broke. He leads well and is learning to pull a cart. Waldo is very friendly and loveable and also wants to be the center of attention. He loves his ears scratched.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
He has PTSD and is behind in social skills. It's done wonders for him on picking up on social ques because he learns about that with the horses. His confidence has also grown as he sees himself learning new things and earning the horses trust. I strongly recommend it to everyone with kids!!"
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