Locust Lane Riding Center

Programs with Purpose

Locust Lane exists to enrich lives through equestrian activities that promote physical, mental, and spiritual wellness.

 

Our programs 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.

More than ever before, children need a healthy outlet for the additional stress created by COVID-19.  Children will be learning and applying new coping strategies. 

The program includes equine-assisted learning along with Care Crew, outdoor adventure plus relationship building and a family style dinner. 

 

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

Locust Lane Riding Center summer camp programs are not just about riding horses. In addition to daily riding lessons, students learn life skills that contribute to successful others-oriented living.

Our programs enhance self-esteem and leadership skills. We focus on cultivating resilience and building confidence through activities that create connected relationships with horses and humans.

Through our partnerships with the Believe & Achieve Summer Enrichment Program and The Point Summer Programs, we offer youth from the Coatesville area opportunities to make the most of their summer days.

Our campers play and explore throughout our beautiful green-space, hike through the woods, splash in the pond, swim in the pool, play games, get crafty, and discover how to care for our farm animals, horses, and each other.

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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