Carla’s Story

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Until eight years ago Carla had a relatively normal life. She lived on a farm in Kellogg and raised eight horses, one wolf and several German Shepherds. Carla suffered a massive stroke and life changed dramatically. Normalcy suddenly was lost.

Carla & Cookie

According to Carla, “Everything became a problem”.

As a result of the incident she was forced to sell the farm and the animals. “I felt helpless,” she said. Since then, Carla learned to live by herself, but her limited mobility and inability to drive has forced her to rely on various agencies to assist with daily living. Iowa Home Care visits Carla three times a week to bathe her and Northstar transports her to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, and around Marshalltown to run her errands. For many years Carla spent a majority of time in her house. Then she was introduced to Quakerdale by a staff member at Northstar.

They had heard of Quakerdale’s new programs and knew Equine Therapy would be a great opportunity for Carla. “When I first came to the Ranch I felt free.” She smiled as she told me that by her second visit she was riding the horse alone and it even jumped. “I wasn’t scared!” she exclaimed.  “I have self-confidence and am in control.  I’m in 7th heaven out here.”


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