Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! Join us on the farm for some horse time, Friday mornings through Summer. Each 2-hour group lesson includes learning natural horsemanship techniques based on trust, respect, and understanding. Activities are on the ground and in the saddle, and involve learning about horse care. Life lessons, confidence-building, & social skills are learned organically through horse time each week. This is NOT a therapy group - the focus is purely on horses - but we believe fresh air, a little dirt, and horses provide the perfect natural setting for learning and growth! No horse experience is necessary. You may sign up for one group or all the groups – registration is first come, first served. Cost is $50 per student, per 2-hour group.
To provide the best learning experience possible for each student, we want to select a cohesive group of kids or teens. Who is the best fit for a group lesson? Any Rancher ages 8-12 with an interest in horses! While we may discuss educational and therapeutic topics, this is NOT a therapy group. If your child has an official diagnosis, we ask you to disclose this with us so that we can best understand how to work with your child, or can refer you to another service with us. Children who struggle with extreme impulsivity, explosive anger, or violence will not be accepted into the group, but may contact Take Heart about individual therapy services. Children with intellectual or physical disabilities or who are on the autism spectrum, or who require special services, are not a fit for this group, but may contact Take Heart about individual or other group therapy services. Each week’s 2-hour lesson is limited to no more than 8 participants under supervision of 2 or 3 Take Heart staff members, to ensure individualized attention. Groups are facilitated by Take Heart staff – all with backgrounds in mental health or related fields, and experience in working with horses and kids. Please note that for riding, our horses’ weight limit is 200lbs. If you are not sure if your child is the best fit for a group, let's discuss individual horsemanship or counseling sessions.