“Mending” is from the task our horses at the ranch are here to perform. They heal the heart, body, mind and soul. Horses mend us back together from what we were unable to accomplish on our own.
The “Arrow” comes from our lands heritage. We are located 1.6 miles from the Red Clay State Park where Red Clay served as the seat of the Cherokee government from 1832 until the forced removal of the Cherokee in 1838. The Trail of Tears originally began at Red Clay. This is where the Cherokee learned that they had lost their mountains, streams and valleys forever. The dirt from beneath our feet at the ranch has seen so much. We are honored to have an Arrow as a symbol of those before us, who thrived on this land, and had a true love and passion for the horse.
In the Webster’s Dictionary one meaning of “Ranch” is: “a farm for a special crop or kind of animal. “ That is exactly what we have here. Our herd of horses are indeed special. They are the healers, a best friend, companion, they stand true and strong, and keep your secrets and never judge.
"Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”
Mark 9:37 (NLT)
What We Do
The goal here at Mending Arrow Ranch is to provide a safe haven for our students. Each child has to deal with their own set of unique challenges. We want to give these children a way to experience healing and personal growth through the interactions with our horses.
All sessions are private, one-on-one interactions with an instructor. This way every lesson is adapted to each child’s individual’s needs.
The primary focus of the ranch is to serve special needs, disadvantaged, or at risk youth. The only true prerequisite for kids visiting the ranch is that they WANT to participate. A desire to come is an indication of a heart willing to try. It is from this willingness that broken hearts and lives can be led toward mending.