Help Launch Kat's Art&Horse Program

$895 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 6 months

Launch Kat’s art and equine program

Hello, my name is Katharine Payne, I am the founder and operator of the Braided Tales Art and Equine Facilitated Learning Program.

What is Braided Tales?

The Braided Tales Art and Equine Facilitated Learning Program is a unique combination of healing arts and horsemanship education with an emphasis on personal growth and development.

Why did I start this Program?

This program came out of the love I have for art and horses and the benefits I have experienced from both. It is with art and horses that I have found consistency and structure in my life. I grew up in a very creative household and when I was not at home doing art, I was at my Grandparents horse ranch. I was very fortunate to have found a deep connection with horses at a very early age. As a child, I was diagnosed with sensory defensiveness, which can be explained as an intensification of the senses. Through my equine companions own nature of being highly sensitive, it made it very easy for me to communicate with them. I learned that is was a unique ability and that I could share it with others. My passion and fascination evolved over the years as I continued my equestrian education and training. I am now a professional artist and art teacher and work with adults with learning disabilities. One day it dawned on me…I could create a program that encompassed all the benefits of working with art and horses and Braided Tales became the path to doing just that.

What makes this program unique?

Art offers a wonderful opportunity for exploration and expression. It can be a powerful tool on its own and when combined with Equine Facilitated Learning, a special cycle develops; Students gain experience while working with equine partners and express their personal growth through visual arts. They make life observations by looking inward and outward. In this cycle, art and equine learning benefit from each other by creating clear pictures of success as well as discovering areas to work on and setting future goals. Students work with their bodies and their minds to create healthy habits and explore ideas both physically and visually. It becomes a full sensory learning experience that caters to every learner’s abilities and needs.

What do students get out of the program?

Students work one-on-one with me to build a relationship with their horse from the ground up. Along the way many skills are learned such as how to develop healthy boundaries, communicate clearly and build self-esteem among many other things. Students participate in a variety of games, problem-solving activities, fun arena courses both mounted and dismounted and trail rides. Art is integrated into lessons and involves at least one independent art project per month. Students take home their artwork to share accomplishments with their friends and family. 

How can you help launch this program?

In many ways, horses and art have saved my life. The potential that I can offer that experience to others is priceless. Unfortunately horses are not. Up until this point, I have been donating my time and equipment and paying for expenses out of pocket. This is not sustainable but you can help change that and there are many ways you can get involved.

The program is in desperate need of immediate funds in order to successfully launch and serve the community. Any individual can benefit from this program but at risk youth and vulnerable populations especially. Out of all of the cities in California, Ukiah has the highest rate of youth in foster care per capita. Your donation will go towards the purchase of our very first school horse, tack, grooming items, arena equipment, art supplies and teaching aids. It will also help me make initial purchases, cover certification costs and help cover the first year’s expenses. I am overwhelmed with the excitement and support I have already found in taking on this endeavor. The dedication, hard work and courage to get here have been humbling. Words could never describe what your support means to me, this program and the individuals who benefit from it. I am excited to invite you to join me and follow along as the program grows. You can do that by

1. Donating any amount directly to this campaign

 2. Sharing this campaign and telling your friends about it. Every share and like is one step closer to our goal

 3. Liking and sharing our Facebook  page with your friends

4. Following us on Instagram

5. Checking out the donation wish list on our website  for items that the program needs

Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

Happy trails from Braided Tales!

Set  Expenses:
Business Cards
OK Corral Membership
Tack Room
Insurance (based on 1 horse)
Sub totsl: $3,195.89      2,395.89

Per Horse:
Care Taker
Salt Rock
Bran Mash
Fly Spray
Fly Mask
Rubber Bands
Cowboy Magic
Sub total: $6,630
One Time Expense Per Horse:
 Vet Check
Lesson Horse
Lead Rope
Rubber Feed Bowl
Sub total: $2,460
Grooming and arena equipment
Curry Comb
Hard Brush
Face Brush
Hoof Pick
Tack Bag
 Noodle Rack
Pickle barrlels
Teeter Totter
Arena Markers
Yoga platform
Arena Easel
Stick and String
Lunge line
Sub total: $1,024
TOTAL: $13,309
GOAL: $15,000
Listed prices do not include tack, may vary or change and some items may be donated. This will alter the budget outline and dictate our fundraising goals. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the budget, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Hey folks! The first round of rewards are headed your way so keep an eye in the mail for a package from Braided Tales if you haven't already received your gift...
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Hey folks,

I have been MIA recently to take a little break for some much needed care for myself as well as for Blue. So here’s an update on what’s going on…

Last week Blue went to UC Davis after 2 months of not being able to diagnose her lameness. After 2 ultrasounds they found that she had somehow injured two of her lateral ligaments. She will be getting a special shoe, shock wave treatment and 6-9 months of recoup (No riding and confined to a small area) and physical therapy with increased amounts of exercise as she heals. I would like to send a big shout out to Barb Peterson for transporting us to UC Davis and for her help and support.

In other news I just registered for my Equine Facilitated Learning Certification and I am getting very excited. In just a few months I head over to Nevada to attend the OK Corral Series and earn my certification with Greg Kersten, founder of EAGALA. To learn more about this certification program you can visit my website at braidedtales.org and find links under resources.

Thank you to those who have been sending me links regarding possible school horses; they are much appreciated. A campaign launch party is in the works…more details soon to come!

Happy trails from braided trails!
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Needle(s) in a Hay Stack...

Finding the right horse is like finding a needle in a haystack. There are so many variables involved. After my story was published in the Ukiah Daily Journal http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/general-news/20180128/mendocino-county-native-pairs-art-and-equine-learning, I received many phone calls, emails and outreach from the community. Among those was an email from a woman who has 3 sweet mares she is willing to donate to the program along with all of their equipment! I continue to be amazed by this community I am so lucky to be apart of and the kindness, love and generosity of others. I am looking forward to meeting these lovelies early next month. Keep your fingers crossed for not just the program but for these wonderful horses to find themselves a loving and fulfilling home at Braided Tales. Though these horses are potentially being donated, it is crucial to have support funding for vet checks, and a probation period for student numbers to increase in order to support the program independently. The expressed need for this porgram in this community is overwhelming, and I see the potential for this program to quickly grow. I am starting from scratch and as the GO FUND ME CAMPAIGN has come to a crawl, I am pulling the last of my money out of my piggy bank, desperately trying to make this dream come true. I have a month to come up with funds to cover the initial vet and boarding fees to bring these girls home. Let's make it happen! Please share my story and my campaign with all of your friends and family. Sharing goes a long way. Who knows, maybe a needle in a haystack isn't so hard to find after all.

Stay tuned for more exciting news!
Needle(s) in a Haystack
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On Sunday Mac's integration pen was put up, his stall was ready for him with yummy grains and I picked up a salt lick and a water bucket for him yesterday so he would be nice and comfy for his first night in his new home. We all had such high hopes for Mac and there were so many people involved in his adoption process rooting for us and helping us along the way. I am beyond heart broken to announce that Mac will not be joining our program post vet check. After working with him for two days, we discovered that he has some health issues that make him unfit for the program. He is such a special horse and has the greatest spirit and personality. It was very hard for me to walk away from him after how much we hand bonded in so little time.

That said, Braided Tales is back to square one in finding a lesson horse. As great as everything was going, it just wasn't meant to be in the end. Mac will find the right human(s) and Braided Tales will find the right horse!

Stay Tuned for updates-

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