NSN offers children the opportunity to participate in non-riding horse related activities that still incorporate therapeutic human-horse interaction. The intuitive and accepting nature of the horse motivates participants to achieve physical, emotional, social and educational goals with a special horse and/or the other farm animals. We provide the opportunity for children to safely care for and build a relationship with the horses using natural horsemanship methods. This special relationship with the horses and animals promotes trust, mutual respect, communication, self-confidence, assertiveness, and leadership skills.
Activities in and around the barn are adapted to the child’s abilities and can include learning parts of the horse, how horses communicate with us, how we can care for horses by feeding and watering them, grooming them and keeping their living areas clean and dry (and teaching why all those things are important!) Children can choose specific activities weekly, including grooming, bathing, braiding, decorating, tacking, leading, basic training exercises, and even playing games with their horse from the ground. Children can enjoy a multitude of activities with the other animals, such as walking the trails with our goats, feeding chickens and collecting their eggs, giving snuggles to our friendly barn cat, and preparing meals and treats for all the animals. This program encourages nurturing, compassion, outward focus, responsibility, empowerment and leadership as well as communication with their horse and their volunteer leader.
2020 Session Dates and Times
2021 Session Offerings
Winter Session I (closed)
Spring Session I March 20th - May 8th, 8 weeks, $300
Spring Session II June 5 - July 17th (no July 3rd), 6 weeks, $225
Summer Session August 7th - September 25th, 8 weeks, $300
Fall Session October 9th - November 27th, 8 weeks, $300
Pricing is based on one half time slots. Please inquire about pricing and availability for full hour slots if interested.