Horses and humans have shared a special bond since the beginning of recorded history. Horses are special creatures. The horse was one of the creatures God himself chose when he challenged Job with the question, “Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?” This relationship can transcend physical, mental, and spiritual barriers.
Five years ago, the Doane family began to research ministries that seek to develop the human/horse relationship in order to break down some of the barriers that tend to keep many of us isolated and alone. Since moving to the 32-acre property in Sheffield Village in 1998, Scott and Karen had been praying for ways in which it could benefit others. The purpose began to materialize after they attended a seminar on horse ministry start ups with two of their daughters in Oregon. After much prayer and seeking advice from family, friends, and a steering committee, HideOut Pines Ranch was born.
The summer of 2019 began with recruiting approximately 25 volunteer staff for natural horsemanship training with a professional Parelli horse trainer. Safety and discipleship training followed. In July, the ranch welcomed its first visitors to begin experiencing one-on-one sessions with a leader and a horse. The summer also brought the first day camp, attend by children from the Youth for Christ City Center in Cleveland.
HideOut Pines is now a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Be a Part of Our Future
The ranch continues to grow, with 5 horses, improvements to pastures, barns, and opportunities for outreach.
There are many ways to get involved with HideOut Pines. We have volunteer staff positions, workday projects, and accept donations of materials or funds for various projects. We also have opportunities to sponsor a child for sessions or a camp week, and sponsorships for our horses.