“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”

- Winston S. Churchill

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About SpiritHorse at Freedom Ranch

 

SpiritHorse at Freedom Ranch, Tunnel Hill, GA, located just 5 minutes from I-75 on 61 beautiful rolling acres with 2 ponds, a pre-Civil War in a most charming and peaceful setting.  As a certified SpiritHorse International facility, our therapies are based on a specialized curriculum that has been researched, developed, and proven by SpiritHorse founder Charles Fletcher of Corinth, Texas.

 

Our staff and volunteers have all received specialized training to skillfully work with children and adults with varying degrees of abilities and disabilities. The horses are selected for their gentle spirit and worked with in regards to their reactions to unexpected noises and behaviors that come with the territory of working with emotionally or physically challenged riders.

 

Our motto is, "First Words, First Steps," with the hope that every rider will be positively impacted by our therapies and reach a developmental milestone, no matter how big or small.

 

The team at SpiritHorse believes mental and emotional improvements help pave the way for physical improvements. 

 

"Our goal is to help each individual reach their highest potential through interaction with horses,  and the emotional aspect of this is amazing," says Ginger Brown, Director of SpiritHorse at Freedom Ranch.

 

Our programs help develop self-esteem, coupled with a curriculum built to improve cognitive and physical development. This curriculum is based on research that shows how the movement of the horse in circles and other specific patterns releases chemicals in the rider's brain that can help neurotransmitters reconnect— often resulting in improved balance, first words, or full sentences spoken by the rider.

 

Our animals and riders typically bond quickly, improving the rider's social and verbal skills on and off the ranch.

 

History
 

In the fall of 2009 Eagles Rest Ranch in Flintstone, GA served as the host for Catoosa County Schools' Equestrian Special Olympics Training and Horseshow. The work inspired Ginger to seek a program built for helping children and adults with special needs.

 

Ginger and two others interested in horse therapy, Jeremiah Moore and Joy Giles, traveled to Corinth, Texas to train and test with SpiritHorse International. They embraced the philosophy and curriculum centered around equine-assisted health and therapy. Fully licensed, and with quality control provided by SpiritHorse International (the leader in the therapeutic riding industry), SpiritHorse at Eagles Rest Ranch was established as a place of healing and hope in 2010. In June of 2017 SprirtHorse moved to our forever home in Tunnel Hill, Ga.

 

 

 

Connect with Us!

 

To learn more about SpiritHorse's therapies and environment, click through the website. Also, visit us on Facebook for photos and event information.

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Upcoming Events
2022 Schedule

Call or email Ginger to schedule.

423.421.3205

ginger@freedomranchga.com

Horseback Riding Sessions & Equine Therapy

Private Sessions: Through May 17 & 19 (weather permitting)  

 Tuesdays/Thursdays 

by appointment:  423-421-3205

    Volunteer Training

Sun. Feb. 6  

Session:  2:00 pm for new volunteers

 3:30 pm for new and current volunteers/refresher

to register text 423-421-3205

 

      Sweetheart Dance (for all ages)

Sat Feb. 12   

at Ginger Brown’s Academy of Performing Arts

3991 Cloud Springs Road; DJ/Instructions for round and fun line dancing, 7-9:00 pm

to RSVP text 423-421-3205

 

  “The Paint Escape”

Sun Feb. 13 

for Veterans - by reservation only/limited number on a first come basis ; Liberty Lodge 2-4:00 pm; to make a reservation call or text: 423-605-4719

 

   Possible Social Event for Special Needs individuals

Sat. March 5  

more info 423-421-3205

 

Thurs. March 17 *** No riding sessions

   “The Paint Escape”

Sun. March 20

for Veterans – by reservation only on a first come basis ; Liberty Lodge 2-4:00 pm; location on Ranch TBA; call or text 423-605-4719

 

 Social Event for Special Needs individuals of all ages

Sat. April 16

more info 423-421-3205    

 

     

 “The Paint Escape”

Sun. April 24

for Veterans – by reservation only on a first come basis ; Liberty Lodge 2-4:00 pm; location on Ranch TBA; call or text 423-605-4719

    SpiritHorse Instructor Training

Sat,/Sun. April 30/May 1

presented by Ric Lehman, SpiritHorse International Executive Director;

to register text 423-421-3205

 

   8th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day

Sun. May 15 

Noon to 4:30 pm 

BBQ Dinner, horses-kayaking-yard games  program is at 4:00 pm with “The Missing Man Ceremony” presented by Rolling Thunder ; the keynote speaker will be Georgia Supreme Court Justice Charlie Bethel

 

   Social Event for Special Needs individuals of all ages

Sat. May 21

  more info 423-421-3205

Summer Camp:

May 30-June 3

June 6-10

June 13-17

June 20-24

HORSES off July & August!!!

Horseback Riding Sessions Resume

Sept. 13/15    

Tuesdays/Thursdays 

 

    Ranch Bonfire and Fall Party

Oct. date/time &

details TBA

 

     SpiritHorse Annual Horse Show

Sat. Nov. 5  

details TBA

 

  Closed for Thanksgiving

Thurs. Nov 24

 

Last days for Riding sessions in 2022

Tues./Thurs. Dec. 6/8  

 

SpiritHorse Christmas Party

Tues. Dec. 13

4:30-6:30 pm; RSVP 423-421-3205

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