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Helping Hooves

From city to farm, YeeHaw!  These small group sessions focus on good old-fashioned farm fun and serve as a great introduction to our ranch.

Activities include:

• Horse handling and grooming
• Time spent with goats and miniature horses
• Tree climbing
• Horse drawn wagon rides
• Bon fire
• Fresh air and unbridled JOY

**We have hosted groups from The Lighthouse (Eau Claire outreach to youth), The Eau Claire Academy, 4-H, Twin Cities youth group, and a monthly groups of WONDERFUL kids who happen to have Type I Diabetes.

Individual riding and horsemanship lessons for ALL youth. Lessons will focus on life skills that translate to other relationships and provide a solid foundation to develop productive lives.  We give priority to students who are unable to ride at traditional lesson programs due to special circumstances. Scholarships are available.

 **Hundreds of lessons have been provided on the ranch to individuals from ages 4 to “much more”.   Individuals with autism, diabetes, and heart heaviness continue to rejoice in challenge and benefit from these individual lessons.

Our volunteer and service program!  Dynamic mentors working alongside of youth on ranch projects, developing relationships, encouraging SERVICE and fostering JOY.

 **The desire to help is deeply embedded in so many. Over and over we respond to people asking what they can do to help.  It is especially rewarding when such interest comes from kids, and specifically kids with challenged circumstances.  That interest and their offer has propelled our Helping Hooves program and sets the stage for adult and child to work together for the common good. Throughout the summer, on Wednesdays from 9-12, we will work together on a variety of projects at the ranch.  Reach out to us through the contact page to express your interest and further the conversation about your involvement.  These times are available for youth as well as adults.  Please contact us if interested.

Summer Opportunities

Summer is a busy time at the ranch!

Our programs are in full swing and we have tours available.

We can always use volunteers, financial donations, and in-kind item donations.


Small group sessions focusing on Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) with lots of farm fun sprinkled in.  Sessions focus on life skills necessary in moving us forward on our unique journeys.  

Topics include: Relationship skills
• Attitudes
• Choices and consequences

• Boundaries and the opportunities they protect

 **We have hosted regular groups from The Eau Claire Academy as well as kids from McKinnley Alternative School, and South Middle School summer school program.

"Once you choose hope, anything is possible." 

- Christopher Reeve

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