My name is Kristy and I have a 9 year old daughter in the program. Her name is Kaylin. When Kaylin was 4, she tragically lost her grandpa in a head on motorcycle accident. She was very close to him, they were best friends. After that she latched on to my brother, her uncle for a Male figure in her life.
Their personalities were so much alike. I remember my brother watching her play and asking, "Does she ever run out of energy?" They adored each other. Two years ago when Kaylin was 7 my brother committed suicide. It absolutely crushed her. Her life just drained out of her. She became withdrawn, had nightmares, wouldn't make friends, started having anxiety issues especially about death and loss.
She soon became too scared to let me leave her side, as well as her grandmother. She became mean and pushed everyone away from her. During her counseling session her counselor recommended BHH and I jumped on the opportunity. She was on a wait list for I think about 5 months and started in the late fall a couple months before her birthday. This fall will be two years in the program.
I have seen such a huge change in my little girl. The program has been such a big help in teaching her how to overcome loss, form healthy relationships, deal with her anger and acceptance. She also loves public speaking which was started by BHH at their annual fundraiser. She even stood up at my wedding and made a toast and speech to myself and her new dad, who she has also become so close to (sometimes I think they are closer than me and her are haha!) Her dream when she grows up is to be president of BHH!
I am so thankful for this program and everything they have done to help my little girl overcome what has happened to her. Let's face it, even as adults we don't know how to handle death and suicide and within a couple years a very small child lost the 2 men she was closest to, so of course she wouldn't know how to handle it. BHH has taught her so much. She loves working with the horses and loves sharing her feelings with them. We will always be thankful.