About - Hope, Horses & Kids

Hope, Horses & Kids

Touching lives one hoofbeat at a time

Founded in 2010, Hope, Horses & Kids has filled a need for all children, especially those with special needs, in Monterey County. Our talented team of “Equine Assistants” provide a variety of experiences and activities to a diverse group of clients each week. Our programs offer support to individuals with physical disabilities as well as those with emotional, cognitive and behavioral challenges. Our clients experience things they have never been exposed to anywhere else!

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The Hope, Horses & Kids Program

We offer support to individuals with physical disabilities as well as those with emotional, cognitive and behavioral challenges.

Equine Assisted Learning

Referred to as ‘EAL’, this program partners teachers and HHK staff together to design and implement authentic learning programs that foster positive behavior and teach life skills.​

Equine Assisted Therapy

Referred to as ‘EAT’, a mental health provider partners with HHK to bring together the natural lessons of working with people and horses for the benefit for marginalized groups. EAT is a more personal, in-depth therapy session and serves as an alternative to conventional “talk therapy”.

Life & Horse Skills

Designed and customized for individuals and groups to teach everyday life skills. Each lesson is customized to the particular needs of each student. The client is engaged in every component-grooming, tacking up, and riding.

New Programs

To meet the ever changing needs of our community, Hope, Horses & Kids has developed several new programs. The programs are designed to address the hearts, minds and spirits of our youth. The curriculum will range from basic horsemanship and life skills to academically based classes with math, science, art and literature. Class sizes will be limited to 6 students only and will be run in 6-week cycles. We are also offering private and semi-private lessons for those students who need more one-on-one attention.

If you are interested in any of these programs, please send us a message using the form at the bottom of this page.

Horse School

Horse School

$280/6-weeks
Twice weekly, 1-hour meetings

This curriculum will consist of horse-centered studies in art, history, math, science and literature. The work will be a combination of hands-on horses, journaling, worksheets and more. All will be age/grade appropriate. We will on occasion have guest teachers.

Pony Club

Pony Club

$150/6-weeks
Once weekly, 1-hour meetings

Pony Club is a group for kids 6-9 and is a basic horsemanship/life skills class based on equine assisted learning. The kids will learn about horses, communication, team-work and basic life skills. The curriculum will be hands-on horses with some riding.

Trotting Teens Club

Trotting Teens Club

$150/6-weeks
Once weekly, 1-hour meetings

The TTC is a student driven curriculum. Our first meeting will be to discuss what the students want to learn – and we will teach it!

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

$45/$35
Once weekly, time and day by arrangement

At HHK we believe in and value the importance of peer to peer learning, but sometimes students need one on one interaction. That is what the private and semi-private lessons provide. These sessions are a combination of ground work and riding, horsemanship and life skills – customized to each student.

Free Rein Friday

Free Rein Friday

$20/session
Fridays, ongoing 3:00-5:30 p.m.

To participate in FRF the student must be enrolled in one of our other programs. FRF will be a day of horse fun – riding, grooming, games and activities and end of day horse chores.

Testimonials

AK, Monterey

AK, Monterey

Great place for kids no matter what their ability. Our special young people seem to have great connection with the horses.

JC, Monterey

JC, Monterey

Lori is amazing with my special needs students. Each visit opens a new door for our students. Outstanding program!!!!

LZ, Salinas

LZ, Salinas

We had the pleasure of visiting Lori with our small class. She was amazing with the boys and took time to explain and make them feel comfortable. They learned so much and we all can’t wait to return next year! I highly recommend visiting her!

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