Erin's riding lessons at Horses Make Miracles have helped her become independent and focused. She is much more in control because she's had to take control when handling and riding her pony.
Patty H., Thornton, CO
Since starting classes at Horses Make Miracles, Linda has provided Karen with thoughtful supportive observations encouraging her strengths rather than her physical challenges all in a safe and fun atmosphere.
Anne B., Longmont, CO
Linda possesses a wealth of knowledge about "horses as healers" which she has learned through decades of teaching to countless riders with various disabilities.
“I want to thank you for the wonderful experience I’ve had with the horses at Silver Stirrups. It was very energetic experience and therapeutic for me since I walk with cane. I thought it would be intimidating, however I learned to groom them and even braided their tail.”
"Linda is a wonderful person to have as a mentor. She provides thoughtful observations about strengths and areas for improvement, while being very supportive. She highlights safety and things that are important for PATH certification. My favorite thing about working with Linda was her ability to offer guidance while still letting me work independently.”
“Linda possesses a wealth of knowledge about “horses as healers” which she has learned through decades of teaching to countless riders with various disabilities. As her Intern, she taught me exceptional teaching techniques, and gave me the moral support and confidence I needed to become a certified instructor.”
“Interning with Linda had helped me open my eyes to a new dimension of Therapeutic Riding as well as able bodied riding. I had volunteered at other Therapeutic Riding centers but never got the full explanation of therapeutic techniques, lesson plans and ideas for working with the students, as well as excellent guidance on natural horsemanship. I gained a great amount of knowledge from Linda as well as her staff which helped me through the process of passing my PATH exam.”
Valerie K., Winter Park, CO / PATH Certified Instructor 2011
“I will always be grateful for all Linda's help mentoring and getting me started and finding me my first therapy horse; Sundae. When I went for my PATH Riding Instructor certification in Lime, CT the PATH representatives were very impressed how I handled mounting and dismounting from the ramp. They couldn’t believe how I never lost physical contact with the riders. They asked where I had learned my techniques – I was quick to answer Linda Raulino; my friend and mentor.”
Roberta D., Seekonk, MA / PATH Certified Instructor l996
“I’ve had the pleasure of bringing residents from the memory care unit to the Silver Stirrups program on a few occasions. Each time, the residents have enjoyed being with the horses – they smile, ask questions, and get engaged in grooming or petting the horses. The space itself is beautiful and offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy open outdoor space in a way that is also contained and safe for them. It is my belief that the fundamental purpose of activities with folks with dementia is to give them opportunities to experience joy. While they may not recall the experience after the fact, the positive impact is evident to anyone who witnesses these interactions firsthand.”
-Life Enrichment Director, Memory Care Center
“Our time at your farm has been magical. Connecting with the horses and the beautiful setting of the farm has been transformative.”
“I had never been around horses in my life. But I was determined to be able to get close to one to at least touch a horse. Now Dakota comes up to me when we are sitting in our circle at the end of the session. He actually comes up to me, rubs his head against my neck and kisses me. What a marvelous experience. What an achievement.”