I found this post about Healing Our Heroes to be very interesting. It is similar to my goals; although I want to focus specifically on traumatic brain injury and working with horses. Equine therapy (or working with horses in general) is very relaxing and I felt like it helps me focus. I want to go a step further though, and raise some livestock in addition to working with mustangs, because this would allow for the nonprofit (which I want to call Trot for TBI) to support itself. It would create a reliable food supply, improve the soil (with livestock manure, though there would be limited exceptions) and also provide wool, etc. It may be possible to for some children to take livestock to the county 4H fair, sell them there and save a good amount of money for college.
Except the horses. I don’t want to sell those… but maybe the sheep, cattle and hogs would fetch a good price.
This will take time though – like Psalms 40:1-3 (NASB) states:
“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He reached down to me and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the mud;
And He set my feet on a rock, making my footsteps firm.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord.”
Some civilian children pay for their whole college education by selling livestock at fairs. This would likely provide a good side income (from the wool, etc.) along with 4H projects and fresh, locally-sourced meat.