ABOUT THE FARM
H.O.P.E.-full Pastures is an Ohio (501c3) non-profit corporation established and founded in 2020. Located in Hamilton, OH, just under 6 acres, the Carrero's had prayed for such a property for about 10 years before purchasing the farm in 2014.
The vision of this organization became clear about 15 years ago after listening to Kim Meeder with Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch share her heart-wrenching story on Dr. James Dobson's broadcast. What eventually became the ministry of connecting broken horses with broken kids started when Kim was 9 years old, once having a stable two-parent home to becoming an orphan, in an instant. During that difficult season, she came to know Jesus. Her grandma bought her a lil' wild horse which she felt the safest on the back of that horse, and as time went on, her heart was redeemed. Kim's testimony of Jesus and a horse being the link to healing struck a chord in Christa's heart as she could relate to how her own horse was therapeutic for her during some difficult years of bullying as a middle school student. Between the place of refuge that her parents provided for their family of life on their dairy farm, the horse that her dad bought for her as a tween, along with the Lord placing a burden on Christa's heart for orphans and missions at age 12, the vision of H.O.P.E.-full Pastures was truly birthed back then. Thus began the hope to one day offer such a program for kids who have experienced hardship to be matched with animals that could help them through difficult times in their lives.
As a licensed foster family, the Carrero's understand pain, suffering, and hardship, along with the joy that this journey brings. They have been blessed with the honor of caring for 27 children, 25 of whom were able to reunify with their birth families, emancipate, or move on, along with caring for over 25 additional children in respite care over the course of the past decade.
It is our desire to create a safe, natural environment where vulnerable children who have endured trauma and loss can overcome fears and their past through animal-assisted therapy in a peaceful, calm rural setting. Our hearts are to equip each individual and their families as they commence a journey...
where healing begins...
lives come into order…
peace is found…
Rosie, the Tennesse Walker mare who inspired the vision of H.O.P.E.-full Pastures
A Bridge of Hope
Christa and Rosie
This is Christa's dad, Fred Zaenkert. Little did he know how much impact a little horse would have, not only on his daughter but countless children in foster care.
A Bridge of Hope
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
Isaiah 58:10-11 (ESV)