You are loved.
Your life matters.
Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people?
Every day, 16 young people die from suicide.
After declining for nearly two decades, the suicide rate among Americans ages 10 to 24 jumped 56 percent between 2007 and 2017. - The New York Times
At Locust Lane Riding Center, we fight against the mental health crisis ravaging our young people through programs that cultivate resilience and connected relationships with horses and mentors.
When youth find purpose in caring for horses and each other, they no longer question the value of their life.
Our message is you are loved. You matter. Your life matters.
Caring for Horses and Each Other
Our programs are designed to teach more than horsemanship. We are instilling lifemanship through teaching our youth how to care for the herd, farm animals, our green space, and especially each other.
Locust Lane provides 12 of the 15 protective factors as identified in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training manual.
Every child finds a place at Locust Lane to belong, be seen, and be valued, not only through what they contribute but also as they discover how to meet each other's needs to simply be surrounded by love.
For Youth and Adults
Our After-School Program provides students the opportunity to experience equine-assisted learning in a loving community and beautiful greenspace.
Our Care Crew Program provides students and adults the opportunity to care for the farm, animals, and each other through daily chores and equine-assisted learning.
Our horsemanship-focused Summer Camp provides the opportunity for youth to cultivate resilience, emotional growth, and leadership.
Meet Our Founding Director
Shelly Pelet Galpin
For Youth and Adults
In our riding sessions, our instructors work together in various capacities to create learning experiences that benefit participants physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Clients work with a team that includes a professional life coach, an equine specialist, and horses to achieve personal development, such as overcoming mindset obstacles and identifying beliefs about self and others.
Clients work with a team that includes a mental health professional, an equine specialist, and horses to achieve desired mental health outcomes, such as healing from PTSD, depression, anxiety, and addictions.
You Make A Difference
Become a Volunteer
There is a place for everyone at Locust Lane Riding Center!
We depend upon faithful adult volunteers to support our programming and the farm needs.
If you love kids or working with your hands, we can find a volunteer spot just for you.
Partner with Us
Would you like to see the mission of Locust Lane continue? We rely on individual donations and corporate sponsors to meet the needs of the herd, farm, and after-school programming, which is entirely free to our youth. LLRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
We're 100% Donor Supported
Become a Life-Changing Sponsor
We are always in need of financial provisions to aid in caring for our herd.
We are always grateful for the financial investment of our corporate sponsors.