KATHY HOLMAN- FOUNDER OF OTRA MAS
Help me make a difference
I’ve always had a soft spot for horses that no one else can work with, or horses that still had the heart and will to work, but were not able to meet performance horse standards.
My love for horses has been in my heart for as long as I can remember. As a young child, I’d go to my Aunt’s house and groom the “picture ponies” who lived next door to her. I’d spend hours brushing and cleaning the pony’s just for the chance to be close to them. Later, I hung around the local stables, offering to clean stalls, brush the horses, or feed- anything to be around them.
I cared for “Cheyenne” a 30-year-old retired roping horse. Some said he’d seen better days, but I didn’t agree. I never got to ride him, but he lived out his final days knowing he was loved.
I bought my first horse, Pepper, a so called used -up cow horse. She was a real dynamo. My husband John, my nieces, and nephews all learned to ride on her.
My reputation as a kid that could train anything started to spread, and with that came a long string of horses that were deemed dangerous. However, most of them were simply handled improperly or spoiled. A good solid program of exercise and structure straightened them out.
I got my first investment horse, Bay Dog, from the Camp Pendleton Rodeo because he was a weak bucker and was let go. He was a tough cookie, but he couldn’t unseat me, so I was able to train and sell him for a profit.
I found that I had a natural talent for training rogue, misunderstood horses. I took in horses that their owners thought were too high strung, used up, or slightly lame and gave them a reason to live. It was more than just a hobby. John called it a crusade. The secret to their rehabilitation is to give them a job, lots of love, and brush them till they shine – then they will work their heart out for you.
I’m constantly getting calls asking if I can take another horse. Some of the reasons the owners can’t keep them are:
1. He’s just too old. He can’t keep up with my friend’s horses.
2. He doesn’t do well in large groups. He won’t go on trail by himself.
3. My kid’s gone off to school and doesn’t have time.
4. I can’t afford him any longer.
5. I’m ill and can no longer ride.
I have established Otra Mas out of the satisfaction I’ve gained from bringing horses back to mental and physical health. We provide shelter, rehabilitation and training for serviceably-sound horses. My goal is to pave a smooth road for these horses and provide a safe haven so that they do not suffer in their later years. Many of our horses are retrained for equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning programs.
CAROL CADDES- OTRA MAS PROGRAM DIRECTOR LMFT, SEP
In the summer of 2010, Carol had an emotionally healing experience with a horse. Since that time she has been finding ways to make that type of experience available to others. Her trainings have included numerous Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy programs, equine education, and learning to train horses at liberty.
Carol blends those trainings with her background as a Marriage and Family Therapist to provide experiences of emotional growth for clients at Otra Mas.
Carol has had a private psychotherapy practice in Newport Beach since 1994. She has a MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and additional certifications in EMDR, Imago Relationship Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing.
Her passion is spending time with her horse and the rest of the Otra Mas herd.
BELLA ROSNES, MS-CCC-SLP-RRT.
Bella Rosnes, MS-CCC-SLP-RRT, is a License Speech Pathologist and Registered Respiratory Therapist who has been helping people heal and learn through the joy of working with horses for most of her Professional Life. She has worked with a wide variety of populations including veterans suffering from PTSD. She is an avid horse and people lover, trainer and competitive rider who thrives on helping others grow through interactions with one of the world’s most amazing animals-Horses.
Bella is a certified instructor for the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH); is level II Certified with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and Equine Specialist with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).
She has worked in Equestrian centers in California, New Mexico an North Carolina and is fluent in multi languages.
The most rewarding jobs of her life has been working with at risk adolescents and has been appointed by the courts to help keep troubled youth out of juvenile detention centers.
Veterans from the VA hospital in North Carolina have been helped by Bella to keep Veterans who wish to be healthy and productive in society again by restoring their masculinity and their physical independence to enhance life.
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