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September 30, 2013

White Horse Ranch offers hope, treatment

Woodward, Okla. — When Kyla Dolph was 16 years old, she wanted to die.

Suicidal with a tragically fractured relationship with her father and mother, the young teen resorted to drugs and "cutting" to dull or erase her painful existence, she said.

Now, two years later, if you ask Dolph, she will not skirt the truth.

She will tell you, she most likely would not be alive today were it not for her nearly 10-month stay at a place of healing near Mooreland called White Horse Ranch.

"When I got here I was really depressed and had no relationship with my mother. I was at the point where I had been in and out of so many places that when I came here, I just thought I would fake my treatment and go home," Dolph said. "But the longer I stayed here, the more I realized that I had some responsibility in all of this and that I had to open up and talk about my past even though I thought my past wasn't bothering me. My therapist Jessica showed me that I needed to open up and talk about it."

OPENING THE GATE TO A NEW LIFE

White Horse Ranch opened its healing, residential treatment ranch for girls November 15, 2007.

The 6,500 square foot ranch house situated on 33 acres south of Mooreland was previously owned by the Baptist Children's Home, said White Horse Founder and Director, Tammie Smith.

The property came up for sale a little more than seen years ago, just about the time in Smith's life when she felt a tugging from God to answer a call.

"I was in the hospital with thyroid cancer and I got to this place where I said, 'Ok, I see how it is God, bring me back to what I was supposed to be doing, to what I am supposed to leave as a legacy', Smith said.

That answer, which came to the former policy aide for Congressman Frank Lucas - turned licensed professional counselor - was the birth of White Horse Ranch.

Now, the large, comfortable ranch house is home to girls whose parents, case workers, probation officers, counselors and in some cases, the courts have helped them find their way there, Smith said.

White Horse Ranch is a certified equine assisted psychotherapy program.

It is a 16-bed facility for girls from 12 to 18 years of age and requires a minimum of 90 days in treatment.

It has a non-recidivism rate of 87 percent, Smith said. That means, 87 percent of the young women graduating from the program have successful outcomes and remain sober, she said.

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