The Root Farm
Once upon a time the horse was seen as an object to own. Their beauty and spirit made man want to catch him and tame him. The only way they could do that was to break him and force him to do what he demanded. In doing so, he broke the horses spirit and made him nothing more than a creature to be controlled and used. When he no longer served his purpose he was sold or disguarded like yesterdays trash.
Over the years the image of the horse has changed. People like Ray Hunt, Pat Parelli and Buck Brannaman have changed the way we see and treat the horse. He is no longer something to be owned and controlled but a partner who once he has gained your trust will reward you with respect and leadership. More and more we see equine assisted therapies. The horse is used to help those mentally and physically challenged. They are even using miniature horses for seeing eye animals. Finally, we are starting to see all that these beautiful animals have to offer.
The Root Farm located in Verona, New York is one of those places. The facility offers hippotherapy, adaptive vaulting, a vaulting club, driving, day rehab and equimuse ( a type of music therapy). My daughter, Jenna has had the good fortune to attend several events at the Root Farm and work closely with their staff. Last year they did a beautiful equine production called “Angels for Children”. Jenna was one of the performers. I didn’t get to attend but, after seeing the photo gallery I was quite impressed and inspired. This played a positive role in my production “Le Cirque of Horses”. I was disappointed to see that the production will not take place this year. It is not often we get to see the horse in a setting such as this, one that is of such beauty and entertaining. It truely is magical.
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots, the other is wings. Visit the Root Farm. For great horse apparel, picture frames, jewelry, handbags, toys, music and more, visit Country Time Crerations, for a schedule see the side bar Pages/Events. See more of Jenna’s Never Ending Road Trip. Did you visit? Leave a comment!