Education is a big part of what we do! Compassionate Horse Care, Showmanship, and Riding.
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ADULT AND CHILDREN’S HORSEMANSHIP AND RIDING LESSONS
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. Collier County Schools- when they are off, we generally offer a 5 hour Intro to Riding course, are a great choice! These are fun, very interactive groups and the parents are literally dragging their kids away when its time to go.
Girls Sat at the Rescue – they come every Sat, 9-noon and learn all that is horse. Riding, grooming, tacking, washing, feeding and care, ground work, liberty, showmanship, its a complete package. A financial and a time commitment though- currently $250 per month. If you would like to try you can come once for $60 and then make a decision. Prepaid only – no showing up w out being registered, we have limited spaces. Small class size, and lots of personal attention
Week long summer camp – 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.
Intro to Horseback Riding (ADULTS)
Horseback riding for beginners – Adult class Generally Sat late afternoons – Learn the basics of riding, in this informative class! Whats covered Safety first! How to prepare the horse and yourself for riding Mounting and dismounting Forward walk, turning, and whoa! Ending your ride on a positive note Care for the horse This is a great place to start your riding education! 2 hours, $50 for the group lesson. We need at least 2 people to run this class so please sign up if you are interested!
Saturday Girls Camp – ongoing
A bigger commitment both time wise and financially, this is intended for students that will come every week for three hours a week on Saturdays to learn all that is horse. A lot cheaper than private lessons, but there is the time and financial commitment. The kids learn and practice as a team, helping the horses and each other. Learning horsemanship, liberty and ground work, riding, and care, in the first month or two after trying a few of the horses they will get a project horse, and this is the horse they will mainly work with. Allowing them to bond w the horse and make progress! We are looking for students that can commit to coming at least 6 months, billing below is $250 for the first month, then we will get you set up on auto bill. Its an amazing chance to spend a lot of time riding and learning all about horses.
Intro to Riding KIDS -5 hour group lesson
Horseback riding for beginners – – Learn the basics of riding, in this informative class! Whats covered Safety first! How to prepare the horse and yourself for riding Mounting and dismounting Forward walk, turning, and whoa! Ending your ride on a positive note Care for the horse This is a great place to start your riding education! 9-2pm $75 for the group lesson.
Summer at the Rescue 2022
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 $400.00 Monday-Friday starting on the following weeks June 13-17 June 20-24 June 27-July 1st July 11-15 July 25-29 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.
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
Homeschoolers- Day at the rescue- Day at the Farm
Our Wed morning class for our homeschooling horse loving kids! Learn about care and feeding and cleaning. Washing the horse and cooling. him off, and of course Riding the horse! Ages 8 and up. Three hour class, generally 9-noon 9am-noon on select days, send us an email or check FB for a scheduled class.
Intro to Riding- Kids 3 hour group lesson
Horseback riding for beginners – (3 hour group lesson) – Learn the basics of riding, in this informative class! Whats covered Safety first! How to prepare the horse and yourself for riding Mounting and dismounting Forward walk, turning, and whoa! Ending your ride on a positive note Care for the horse This is a great place to start your riding education! 9-noon for the group lesson.
Want to work in the Horse Industry? (ADULTS)
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 April 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 Jan 15-16th 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
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
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.