Education is a big part of what we do! Compassionate Horse Care, Showmanship, and Riding.
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Ex Racehorses and kids Educational Program. How can we help these injured horses heal and provide a wonderful educational opportunity for our local community? See below!
We have been featured by the Naples Daily News, ABC, Fox4, NBC2, WINK and many other local media outlets!
We take in injured racehorses, mainly from Gulfstream Park, but also local horses that are in need when we can. Thru our volunteer group, we rehabilitate the ex racehorses and look to place them in local homes with loving families. These same volunteers run our kids programing!
Something very unique that we do is pair these racehorses w the kids in our programs, to help them transition. The kids learn all about taking care of them, helping them heal, learning to ride again, and see them come full circle when they adopt out from our program. The program teaching the kids all about horsemanship skills, but also self-confidence, courage, empathy, and focus, so many life skills. They learn to really care for others.
You can purchase something for yourself or as a gift for someone else. All funds go to support our mission of racehorse rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming and public education.
Class recommendations for kids- here is a symopsis – to register scroll all the way down to the options for more details w prices and click the Payment button
Child is 7 and older – Full Day Camp (boys and girls) – come check it out, this does not require an ongoing commitment. BACK TO SCHOOL The 1/2 Day ongoing camps (girls only)are a great choice, come once a week, and learn just so much. These are fun, very interactive groups and the parents are literally dragging their kids away when its time to go. A financial and a time commitment though
Week long summer camp (girls only) – also a good option, 7 and older total immersion
Article from the Naples Daily News on our Girls Back to School and Summer camps
Child is under 6 (boys and girls)
Check out the Mom and Kids (Mom and Me class) This offers safety and horse education w a short ride.
Wee Ones Program – super low cost program designed for the little littles. Really just spending some time w the horses and getting comfortable with them. An hour long, offered a few times a year
All of our Adult and 14 and under classes are horsemanship classes using retired racehorses. While we do ride and teach riding, that is only one component of any of our programs. They learn from the ground up about so many things. If you are attending a class or program (like camp) you need to actually register with payment, scroll down the page until you find your class. Clicking on the Event in FB does not register you for a class.
Competitive Showmanship and riding program – Girls 11 and up
This is an ongoing program, More advanced than your Sat camp, girls are given more responsibility, are assigned a project horse for training, and experience all facets of horsemanship. We practice both at our facility and take field trips w the horses to other facilities to practice and show. This program requires a min of a 6 month commitment, its a team, and we need all members to make practice. Meet Monday 4-6pm every week The week of show we meet additionally Friday 4-6 to prep horses and trailer Day of show 8-2pm at show grounds Cost is $300 per month
WEDNESDAY Program Girls 10 and up
Starts in June This is a monthly program, girls and experience all facets of horsemanship. Working w rescue horses, learning about medical issues, saddle fit, proper riding, working at liberty, feeding and nutrition. . We meet each week 4:30-6:30 Cost is $160 for the month. Small class size and lots of horse time!
Summer at the Rescue
A week at the rescue. Learn about horse care and riding. Crafts and games. Learn all about ex racehorses and how to help with their rehab! Proceeds go to help the horses. We are all volunteer! Hours 9-2 Cost $300 Monday-Friday starting on the following weeks June 21-25 July 5-9 July 19-23 August 2-6 Learning and fun. Grooming, handling, tacking, riding, learning about rehab, sometimes we have a visit w the farrier or vet when time allows. Kids will also learn about feeding and nutrition, mucking, and in general care of horses. They will learn about round pen work, assessing a horse, and have structured learning with plenty of fun as well. We have a fridge and freezer if they need, have them bring lunch, waters, and either a bathing suit or shorts/tank sandals that they can jump in the sprinkler in during the heat of the day. Helmets and safety vests are mandatory while riding and provided. Proceeds go to help the horses waiting for homes.
Sat Girls Program – ongoing thru the year
Come to learn all about horses. From the ground up, this is a horsemanship program. They lean about helping the injured horses heal, retrain them for riding, and learn to assess, communicate, ride, care for, and feed the horses here. Its a wonderful program that promotes self confidence, responsibility, helping each other, and a love for all that is horse. New girls filtering into our program are paired up with a girl who has been here for a while to ensure that they feel comfortable and are immediately part of the group. Your girl can have horse experience, or she can have none. We welcome all! Girls meet the same day each week – Sat group is 9-noon This is both a time and financial commitment. Cost is $210 per month – You prepay at the beginning of each month.
Want to work in the Horse Industry?
This two day class provides basic skills for working in the horse industry! Looking for a job? Looking to increase your horse education? This two day course is the entry way to our 5 day intensive horse care course in June. Horse handling – how to catch, halter, lead, go thru gates and turn out procedures Mucking- types of shavings, how to muck quickly but efficiently Nutrition and feeding protocols Tie, groom and bath a horse (learn quick release knots, cross ties, ground tie) Tack – the basics Colic – how to spot it and what to do Lameness- spot the first signs of lameness Hoof Abcesses- how to spot and treat Time Management – learn how to accomplish your tasks Getting a job – How to find one, and what questions should you ask of your potential employer? What benefits do they provide? Lessons, on site living quarters, exchange for riding or board of a horse? Are you looking for full or part time? This course will help you bring much needed knowledge! Cost $100 for the two days, bring a packed lunch and a refillable water bottle. Sat/Sunday June 12-13th Appropriate for ages 16 and up. This class is a prerequisite for our week long Immersion class on Getting a job in the horse industry
Mom and Me
Great for the 3-8 year old kids, come with mom, dad or other relative. Learn about horses and get a ride! $60 includes one child and one adult! This is a 2 hour class
Excellent adult clinic for those new to horses or anyone wanting to build a lasting relationship with their horse. Learn how to communicate, evaluate, and set healthy boundaries using compassionate training methods. Practicing ground work can improve a horses performance and make your partnership safer and stronger than ever before. It can also help your everyday tasks go smoother. Its about clear communication and timing. YOU DO NOT NEED YOUR OWN HORSE Class is approx 1.5 hours
Horses for Homeschoolers
Our Mid month class for our homeschooling horse loving kids! Feeding, grooming, haltering, bathing, facing the obstacle course and more!
Immersion Week – Working in the Horse Industry
A week long Immersion into the basics of working in the horse industry Basic Care Feeding and Nutrition Grooming Lameness Issues Preventing and Treating Colic Turn out- basic and adding a new horse to the herd Wound Care Proper Tack and Saddle Fit Hooking up a trailer Loading/unloading horses Abcess – what causes them, how to treat including soaking and wrapping Skin Issues Behavioral issues Knowing how to prepare for a farrier or vet visit We will have respected individuals from the horse industry speaking on career paths For those who successfully pass the course, we will help you make connections to local jobs and further courses to advance your career path!
Horses and safe spaces
Horses offer so much for kids (and for adults) that have nothing to do with riding. In fact some of our injured horses can’t be ridden at all. But they are a safe space, that shelter from the storm that can be so healing. Time/date Group – Wednesdays 4-5pm or we can schedule a private session for 30 minutes with time slots on Wednesdays anytime between 2-6pm Advance Registration and payment required, we are not able to accommodate walk ins.