Equine Assisted Life Skills

Horses can teach us a great deal about the world and ourselves.  At North Star our horses help adolescents, ages 12-21, learn a number of skills to help them be more successful in school and in life.  Our Equine-Assisted Life Skills program focuses on learning vital concepts and skills such as honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, self-discipline, resilience, patience, courage, compassion, dependability, and humility.  Students in our program develop these skills through learning the basics of horsemanship, from how to care for the horse (feeding, watering, cleaning) to how to work and handle them (grooming, haltering, leading).  These skills allow our students to not only learn the skills above, but also help build self-confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of pride.  Although our program is only 6 weeks, the skills and concepts learned at North Star last a lifetime. 

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“A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life’s true priorities are clear. When you take a step back, it’s not just about horses-it’s about love, life, and learning.” — Lauren Davis Barker