Locust Lane Riding Center

Programs with Purpose

Locust Lane exists to enrich lives through equestrian activities that support healing from trauma and lead to emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual wellness.

 

We emphasize the importance of trust, respect, understanding, and empathy in building connected relationships with horses and humans.

 

We are committed to cultivating resilience and empowering students of all ages to overcome trauma and adverse experiences through all our youth programs.

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After-School Program

providing equine-assisted learning and leadership developing in a loving community

Details

The After-School Program is held in fall and spring from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, or until dark, with a session choice of Monday, Wednesday, or Friday.

The program includes equine-assisted learning along with outdoor adventure plus relationship building and a hot meal. 

 

Care Crew

providing students and adults the opportunity to care for the farm, horses, and each other

Details

Care Crew takes place on Saturdays throughout the year from 10 am to noon, providing time for equine-assisted learning. The focus is on caring for the herd through feeding the horses, grooming, and interacting with them in the ring as well as making time to care for each other.

 

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Summer Camp

Horsemanship and More

Our horsemanship summer camp program provides an excellent opportunity for young people to cultivate resilience and overcome adverse childhood experiences through activities involving horses.

Our motto: God loves you and has a purpose and a plan for your life. And no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, He can recycle it all for good.

Camps run from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to  3:00 pm daily at Locust Lane. The fee is $325.00 per week (scholarships are available). Campers bring a bag lunch. Water and a daily snack are provided.

Camp Goals

  • Share God’s love through horses
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Provide foundational knowledge and skills necessary for good horsemanship
  • Provide campers the opportunity to increase acquired skills through practice – working toward independence
  • Promote better physical fitness as well as overall balance and coordination
  • Encourage campers to take on responsibility and experience the benefits of a relationship with a horse

Topics Covered

  • Basic care & feeding of the horse
  • Grooming
  • Tack & tacking up
  • Learning to communicate with the horse (verbal and non-verbal)
  • Numerous riding skills to be practiced during daily ride time
  • Connecting
  • Demonstrations provided by equine professionals

Typical Schedule

9:00 am Welcome/Circle time
9:30 am Horse Care Basics
10:30 am EAL activity/Groundwork
12:00 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Groom/Tack-up
1:00 pm Riding horses, games, crafts, swimming, kayaks
3:00 pm Dismiss

Early drop-off and late pick-up available for $20/day. Please inform us at time of registration if you are in need of this service.

Benefits

Character Development
Handling, riding and caring for a horse or pony develops responsibility, accountability, patience, level-headedness, empathy, kindness, and self-discipline.

Scholastic Enhancement
The perseverance needed to ride a horse well can translate into improved performance in the classroom.

Health Benefits
Riding is great exercise. Apart from its aerobic benefits, riding also helps children develop balance, coordination and flexibility. In addition, activities involved in caring for a horse—grooming, hauling buckets, saddles, and cleaning stalls makes for a great upper body workout.

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