Horses on the Hill, a vision of BLOC Ministries, will be a unique learning environment incorporating Equine therapy services, a riding program and urban farming into Price Hill. With the goal of serving economically disadvantaged youth, their families, as well as abused women & individuals in recovery; participants will interact with horses, be responsible for barn management chores & experience nature; all activities that promote physical & emotional growth.

The equine center will offer 1 on 1 equine therapy sessions with a certified therapist to assist in treatment for individuals who have been abused or struggle with mental challenges and disabilities. In addition, a general Work-to-Ride program geared toward at-risk youth from local schools & after-school programs will be implemented.

Beyond working with animals, HOTH will be committed to connecting people to their food through Farm to Table education. Through collaborative methods and innovative land use, participating students and neighborhood families will be welcomed to join, and given the opportunity to receive training and cultivate their own garden plot.

Improved self-esteem, discipline, life skills & stronger family relationships are only some of the positive changes we hope to instill in those who participate.

GOALS

  • Cultivating young minds; starting a new cycle of growth & opportunity
  • Developing discipline, responsibility, and life skills
  • Learning & experiencing the value of land
  • Strengthening and improving participants’ self esteem.
  • Promoting strong family relationships
  • Helping participants achieve a greater quality of life

Equine Therapy

  • Programs targeting at risk youth, individuals with special needs as well as women coming out of addiction and trafficking hardships
  • Programs to be led by a PATH certified instructor
  • PATH: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship

Urban Farming

  • Committed to connecting people to their food through collaborative methods and innovative urban land use
  • Farm to Table education
  • Will allow neighborhood families to participate
  • Given a garden plot of their own, receive training and opportunity to grow their own food
  • Students participating in the Riding Program will also be given the opportunity to learn about cultivating the land (and be expected to help through the processes in order to earn “ride time”).

Work to Ride

  • Geared toward at-risk youth from local schools and after-school programs
  • Students will learn from work experience (ie: horse care, barn chores & assistance in the community garden)
  • ‘Participants develop discipline, responsibility, and life skills through training, riding and performing horse care and barn management chores.’ (worktoride.net)