"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another. "
It is our desire to offer mentoring services regardless of financial ability. We offer a sliding scale to make our services accessible to all. Please see the scale on the right.
There is an almost endless list of answers to the "why horses", you've likely heard some of them. Here are a just a few we enjoy on a daily basis at the ranch... horses accept us as we are and help us to bring our best self to them. They are completely honest and true. Horses help us grow in character and confidence as well as help us be present and stay focused. Horses provide an alternative sentient being with whom we can achieve a partnership through trust. The list goes on and on... the simple benefits of "barn time"... unplugged, fresh air (well... it is a barn), big space, and sweet relationships.
While interaction with a horse is therapeutic in and of itself, it is the consistent, one-on-one time that makes SPURS successful. Teaching these children how to communicate with their horse through body language, energy and pressure lets them develop a greater capacity for empathy, social and self-awareness. As these youth get comfortable in their routine with their mentors and horse, their willingness to apply themselves improves. This success eventually translates to home, school and community settings.
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Our SPURS Sessions run from March through mid November.
Kids ages 5-18 and their families (foster, adoptive or biological) who are experiencing or have a history of crises/trauma and other social & emotional challenges that create difficulty in their lives.