By Christi Mays
Growing up, Megan Kenney ‘14 did not have a very safe childhood. “There was a lot of abuse. I know I probably wouldn’t be standing here today if it wasn’t for horses in my life.” Because of her deep love for the creatures that provided her comfort and love as a child, she has always wanted to advocate for them. She also has a heart for healing people like herself who have suffered trauma and abuse. “So what better thing in this world than to combine the two? For me, it just made sense,” said Megan, who officially opened Aisling Ranch in South Belton in 2015, where she raises and trains horses and their riders from all over the country. But this isn’t just any horse-training ranch. Megan, who earned her master’s degree in counseling in 2014, weaves together the clinical skills she learned as a graduate student at UMHB with a lifetime of equestrian experience to bring out the best in both horse and rider. “The skill set I learned at UMHB as a clinician magnified and heightened the fundamental work I do with the horses and the people. It allowed me to tap into that empowerment potential,” she explained.