How To Enroll
Free Riding lessons
In order to receive free riding lessons, the student’s parents or guardian must provide proof of residency in Wood, Rains or Hopkins County via a Texas State Driver’s License or ID Card and copy of a utility bill with matching address. Proof of low-income status via participation in another qualified financial assistance program such as TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, CHIP or by household income (recent pay stub from employer or tax return.)
HORSE BOY METHOD INSPIRED LESSONS
We accept students on the spectrum as well as individuals with:
- ADD and ADHD
- Any neuro-psychiatric condition
For those students that are not high functioning or with aggressive special needs conditions, we recommend contacting Shadow Ranch in Sulphur Springs, as they are PATH certified. We utilize the Horse Boy Method and Movement Method.
Horses 4 Heroes is a non-profit that offers access to affordable horseback riding and equestrian programs across the US. What this means for our community is that we are able to offer half-price riding lessons to military families. All you have to do is join Horses 4 Heroes!
There are three membership options. You can join online at Horses4Heroes.org.
Lessons are $126/month for 4 one hour lessons.
We offer reduced rate riding lessons for kids in the foster system. Lessons are $126/month for 4 one hour lessons.
Helping Children in East Texas
The benefits of horseback riding for kids (and adults) are numerous. Students learn a variety of life skills including:
- Muscle Control
All of these skills are learned through tasks like grooming, engaging specific muscles, balance in the saddle, learning patterns and more. Psychologically, students experience lower anxiety and stress.
Thoroughbreds are known for their speed and athleticism. The average person typically only sees Thoroughbreds at the racetrack or on television when the Kentucky Derby is aired. In reality, there are thousands of Throuoghbreds across the country that have retired from racetrack life. Some need homes while others have gone on to second careers in dressage, jumping, eventing, and even barrel racing. Some are trained for racing but are too slow for the track. These are the Thoroughbreds that make great horses to introduce people to the breed on a local level. Our Thoroughbreds are a combination of never raced and raced, but way too slow. They have great personalities, they love attention, they love to work, and they love kids.
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