You are loved.
Your life matters.
At Locust Lane Riding Center, we provide programs that teach more than horsemanship.
Our mission is to enrich lives through equestrian activities that promote physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
We cultivate resilience and help overcome adverse childhood experiences through connected relationships with horses and mentors. We specialize in equine-assisted therapies and equine-assisted learning for personal development. Our programs educate, equip, and empower young people to reach their full potential.
Locust Lane Riding Center provides 12 of the 15 protective factors as identified in the Youth Mental Health First Aid training manual.
- Healthy practices.
- Good self-esteem.
- Good problem-solving.
- Feeling of control in their own life.
- Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- Parental/Familial support.
- High monitoring of youth’s activities.
- Having a good social support system.
- Availability of constructive recreation.
- Community bonding.
- Feeling close to at least one adult.
Our message is you are loved. You matter. Your life matters.
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 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.