On February 20th, the Woxhoox owuune'tiit (Horse Culture) program will host their monthly Healing Ride. They will meet at 9am at the Givens Road turnoff. The event will begin with saddling the horses and then a prayer.
Woxhoox owuune'tiit is a program under the White Buffalo Youth Prevention Program.
Coordinator, Allison Sage, says the goal is to teach children and young adults how to pray and heal.
“We want to give our young people self confidence and a strong self esteem by learning how to control the horses. We also want them to just have a good day with the horses. The whole day is about camaraderie. We have to prepare the horses together, we ride together, we look out for each other, and we eat together. As long as we can give people hope and something to look forward to they can feel good in life. We also want to teach them about horses and hopefully someday they can take care of their own” Sage said.
The ride is open to the public and not limited to children or young adults. No previous experience with horses is needed.
Sage said, although it may be cold, riding in the cold is a good life lesson. He said it teaches people about perseverance and how to overcome a challenge. Sage wants to show the children in the community that there are people willing to help them and that their lives are important.
“These horses are a gift during these times. We want to share that with people,” Sage said.
During the January ride, there were 16 horses and 19 riders. The names of the horses in the upcoming ride include Rush In, Black Beauty, Red Cloud, Sally, Stands Tall, Blondie, Midnight, Hisei, and Hebes.
The program previously received a grant from the Hughes Foundation out of Jackson Wy. In the future they plan to become a 501(c)(3).
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