In our foundational program, Bits of Hope, participants are paired in one on one mentoring relationships with an adult leader. Each individual will work with a mentor 24 sessions per month. Individual sessions last 90 minutes at the Ranch and can include a variety of activities including riding, ranch chores, vetting and caring for the Ranch’s rescued horses, gardening, games, and crafts.
The goal is not just to teach horseback riding lessons, but to teach participants the basics of farm life, horsemanship, and husbandry. This includes, but is not limited to:
● How to handle a horse safely
● How to properly groom a horse
● How to recognize lameness and illness
● How and what to feed
● General care vet, farrier, dental, etc.
While riding will be a part of some sessions, it is not the main objective of the mentoring time. The primary objective is to meet each person and animal where they are, set appropriate goals for each, and work towards them together.
We recognize that every participant is an individual. Mentors and parents will
work together to identify specific needs for each participant and set appropriate goals. These sessions are offered absolutely free of charge for every participant. Donations are always welcome!