Youth Horsemanship Program

Teaching Responsibility, Patience, & Life Skills Through a Relationship with Horses

At Fox Equine Rescue, we dont just rescue and re-home horses, we also run a youth program with our rescued horses. This program connects with our equine rescue & rehabilitation to teach the kids how we rehabilitate the rescue horses, and show them helping the horses can give them value, purpose, and connections they wont find elsewhere.

Children visit the ranch as part of their education, working in a natural outdoor setting to develop loyalty, trust, leadership, patience, responsibility and teamwork. They will engage fully in the barn management practices, equine health and fist aid, and the relationship with the horse. All three of these branches of the youth program will develop not only a rider, but a true horse-person that understands the horse, the ranch, and the work ethic skills it takes to be part of a community.

We strive to create a family within a barn for the animals and the people involved. Both our children and horses will develop their connections among each other, creating a society based on trust, camaraderie, and commonality. Children who would not have the opportunity to interact with each other in normal school or social settings will come together to help the barn run efficiently and create lasting relationships. Here no one is passed over or given up on, not student or horse. We work with both to find themselves and hopefully each other. As we have discovered, horses help us find our fullest potential.

Some testimonials from children and their parents:

“They are teaching not just about how to get on and ride a horse but about understanding horses, appreciating horses, caring for horses in every possible way”

“I have been riding here for around three years now, and I  think I have learned more about horses than I did collectively at the six years I spent at other barns.”

“I definitely recommend Fox Equine, they are not only ranch but community.”

My experiences here have given me a sense of some of the technicalities associated with running a business or nonprofit in addition to the responsibilities of caring for animals while increasing my mental and physical confidence and capabilities.”

We offer a Youth Horsemanship Program for children ages 8 and up.  The kids come by after school or on the weekend one day per week and participate in ranch activities, grooming and general horsemanship, and a riding lesson.  The children spend 3-6 hours at the ranch, depending on their age and skill level, including their lesson.

See our Forms & Information  page for Youth Horsemanship Application and Release of Liability forms.

Some of the activities that your child will be participating in:

• general horse care
• grooming & bathing
• help with mucking stalls
• sweeping aisles and general ranch cleaning
• safety and general horsemanship skills
• ground work
• cleaning tack
• and of course Riding Horses!

Youth Horsemanship Program (12 and up): $150 per month
Jr. Youth Horsemanship Program: $200 per month (ages 8-11)

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Why Fox Equine Rescue & Youth Horsemanship Center?
We offer your child a chance to work with horses in a beautiful and supportive environment, where safety and fun learning are paramount. Our goal is to teach horsemanship skills that will encourage your child to embrace learning in a relaxed environment with patience and caring towards other creatures.  All of our horses are rescues, and all of the proceeds from the work exchange program go directly towards the horse rescue.

Why Every Child Should Experience Horses:

  • They teach responsibility
  • They improve self esteem
  • They build your immune system
  • They teach the value of money
  • They instill patience
  • They’re great at keeping secrets
  • They teach focus and ambition
  • They come with an in-built social life
  • They provide great exercise
  • They keep you out of trouble

We also offer Summer Camps during June, July and August.

Fox Equine Rescue & Rehab is a  not for profit 501(c)3 Public Charity registered in the State of California.

Federal Tax ID# 47-5674251