As one of seven small children rising up on a farm in Coshocton, Charles “Chuck” Ridenbaugh liked horses. Horses had been applied on his family’s farm, and which is wherever his love of horses commenced. At a really youthful age, Ridenbaugh commenced breeding horses and breaking wild horses.
It bothered him when individuals made use of power to break a horse, Ridenbaugh said. He was a cowboy in his heart. He expended time enabling the horse to get to know him. He learned what the horse’s fears had been and how to assist perform via individuals fears. For him, patience was the most critical element of schooling.
As an adult, he labored for 35 years at Republic Steel in Massillon.
Even though he did not develop into a expert cowboy, he has a lot of tales of his adventures with horses. He traveled all through the United States, attended displays and rode horseback on a lot of trails. He even rode on horseback from Colorado to West Virginia. He ongoing to educate and experience horses into his late 80s, but he stopped due to the fact of his declining eyesight.
He is retired and now life in Orrville.
Thanks to the care staff at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, Ridenbaugh, a affected individual was capable to satisfy his desire of driving a horse again. When Marsha Potts, health-related social employee, and Paula Barnes, RN treatment manager, figured out about Ridenbaugh’s really like of riding, they labored with the care group and volunteers to support him fulfill his intention of riding a horse all over again.
“When I requested Chuck if there was just about anything in the earth he would want to do, his 1st remedy was to journey all over again,” Barnes claimed. “Every week when I check out him, he is usually telling me about an adventure on his horses.”
Potts also enjoys talking with Ridenbaugh about his ordeals coaching horses.
“Chuck has an wonderful mild spirit about him,” she stated. “I constantly simply call him the horse whisperer.”
Sharon Pooler, a volunteer and a board member at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, has a close friend, Claudia Kuntz, who has a farm with a horse arena. She has organized for a couple of other sufferers in the earlier to go to her friend’s farm. When Pooler contacted Kuntz, she was much more than joyful to enable fulfill the ask for.
Kuntz appreciated Ridenbaugh’s lifestyle was crammed with relationships with horses.
“I preferred to share our horses so he could have that horse practical experience once more,” she claimed.
Pooler arranged for Ridenbaugh to take a look at her friend’s farm and see the horses.
“Chuck started out his stop by by brushing and grooming the horse who is named Charlie,” Pooler stated. “Then, we served him up on the horse. He was so elated. For him, it was like driving a bike.”
As quickly as Kuntz launched Ridenbaugh to Charlie the horse, she could see Ridenbaugh had a deep love and admiration for horses.
“I felt pretty touched by his evident lifelong romance with horses as I also share that same really like of horses,” she explained. “It was so touching as he touched his head to Charlie’s head and stroked his neck.”
“He thought he would hardly ever be equipped to get on the back of a horse again,” mentioned Breanna Fadenholz, cell treatment professional with Hospice LifeCare. “It was an incredible encounter. The horse was so mild with him. It was like the horse understood he had cherished cargo!”
Right after Ridenbaugh’s journey, Fadenholz, started out to push him back to his dwelling. He explained to her he had not felt like this in a extended time.
“He explained to me he ordinarily would be genuinely exhausted by this stage. But right now he felt fantastic, and he in no way thought he would sense like that all over again,” Fadenholz explained. “He was so sweet and so grateful to anyone who created this possible.”
She questioned if there was everything else he desired to do and regardless of whether he was hungry. His deal with lit up and he proposed Dravenstott’s Cafe, his most loved restaurant in Orrville. He utilised to go to the restaurant routinely with a pal, but that friend’s car or truck experienced broken down, and he experienced not been able to go for a while.
“When he walked in, absolutely everyone was thrilled to see him,” she said. “He talked about his daily life and coaching horses. He expressed how pleased he was that he was able to experience the horse.”
Ridenbaugh just can’t prevent conversing about the knowledge. Barnes, who is Ridenbaugh’s nurse, explained how he experienced tears in his eyes just talking about it.
“He gave me a substantial hug and cried, thanking us for the practical experience,” she said.