From the horse’s mouth

Mane Support holds training for volunteers, staff, board

Mane Support is a non-profit organization that provides a ministry through the healing power of horses. The program address the grief and loss issues of children, teens and adults who have experienced a death, who are anticipating the death of someone they know or who have experienced other types of trauma.

Each month the volunteers of Mane Support get together and discuss upcoming projects, areas of need and areas they are interested in. Out of one of these meetings grew the idea to be able to understand more about why we do what we do with the horses, by learning more about horse behavior and their interactions and reactions with us.

So on Saturday, Nov. 10, Mane Support offered its first educational experience about Natural Horsemanship to the volunteers, staff and board members.

Pam Proctor and Robby conducted the day with demonstration, education and hands on experience. Participants also enjoyed a great lunch together, thanks to a donation made by Boyce Smith and the Alcoa Wal-Mart.

The knowledge gained was invaluable as participants learned how horses respond in their thinking and actions, much as we do. It is from this type of reasoning that being able to read horse behavior is so important in working with the clients of Mane Support. Their behaviors give us a mirror image of what a client could be thinking and/or feeling, when words are to difficult to describe these thoughts. Also their God given ability to live in the moment, with no agenda, reminds us how important it is to be with the client where they are. There is no rushing their healing…it is a process, not an event.

Because this was such a success, Mane Support will offer this type of workshop again in February and it will be open to the public. If you would like more information about Mane Support, our upcoming groups for children and adults, being a volunteer or a financial supporter, please contact Kim Henry at (865)414-0557 or visit our website at

Upcoming events for Mane Support

A Time for Celebration and Memories

The holidays are filled with joy, laughter and many memories. For some of us who have experienced the death of someone we know, these times are forever changed.

Mane Support, a nonprofit equine assisted grief counseling program that provides a ministry through the healing power of horse, is offering “A Time for Celebration and Memories” on Saturday, Dec. 15. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Vera Acres.

It is a time for those who have experienced the death of a family member or friend to come and share with others who have had a similar experience, to remember and to celebrate life as we now know it. Equine counselors will also be on hand to lend a listening ear, as well as activities provided for children and refreshments for all.

There is no charge, but space is limited to 20 persons. Call Kim Henry at 414-0557 for more information .

Mane Support Volunteer Training

The Mane Support Volunteer Training will be held at Vera Acres on Friday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The training is free of charge but registration is required. Call Kim Henry at 414-0557 for more information.

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