About Lead Horse Programs
Miniature Horses at Outside Initiatives have been serving rural youth in Linn County Oregon since 2001. We are unique as we not only provide a variety of services to a wide range of citizens, but we also provide the opportunity to experience the horses in their natural herd setting of 17 horses, or one on one. Youngsters aged 8 to 18 help design and deliver our programs to other community members and youth.
We offer year-round programs for rural youth and families providing vigorous outdoor exercise, a healthy social environment and lasting life lessons. Groundwork and horse education develops confidence, leadership, compassion and communication skills which are transferred to other life aspects. Our work promotes compassionate understanding of the true value horses have in the lives of humanity
Kids learn how to build genuine partnerships through understanding their horses and they keep journals, track changes and progress. They learn horse care, in-hand jumping, and liberty work. We include projects for arts, math, science and reading in our adventures.
At Outside Initiatives, our highest priority is satisfied kids and horses. Our community is important to us and you can expect us to go the extra mile training our horses to do their important work for your children and community. Superior quality in all things is the hallmark of Outside Initiatives. We are proud to serve and work hard to earn your support
SAFETY All programs start with Safety training. We also have an array of volunteers from local teachers, equestrian specialists and community members. We practice a 2-deep policy which means we never have fewer than two adults on site for all programs at all times.
Here is what horse professionals are saying about our programs
“The way these girls supported one another was wonderful. There were many solicited praises from the group for each rider who accepted the compliments gracefully. The value of this program really is apparent when you experience the interaction. Also, they were only too happy to share experiences with each other; no one was pushy about taking turns doing things. Also, the girls who were a little nervous faced their fears and felt really good about it.
Susan and Mark, I do believe you have played a huge part in the girls' development as leaders. And those skills will stay with them”. . Joan Thompson Certified Practitionr-Connected Riding, Owner Two Creeks Horse Farms and retired High School Teacher,
“I was able to see the pictures, and smiled in memory of the day. One thing I liked was my individual time with one of the girls and her mini. Together they found the tiny (mini) connected walking oscillation enough for the horse to flow and the girl to smile in recognition. This was wonderful for both of us to see.
You are an amazing leader for those kids Susan. I appreciate the energy and love you have to offer. I also appreciate your ability to translate and check the girl's understanding of our language. Humbled,”
Judy Good, Connected Rider Praticitioner in Training, Barefoot Farrier LLC
I enjoyed the day. I liked the energy. The girls were enthusiastic and the minis were a joy to work with. Susan S seems to have an open mind and is willing to make the effort to learn Connected Groundwork. I think what we did was helpful and I would like to work with them again. The girls really tried. I think that is a group that is worth supporting and giving them a bit more to make it work for them. Thank you, Joan for sharing this group with us. I think it is a good match.
Karen Cheeke, Connected Rider Praticitioner in Training
Wild Plum Sports Horse Ranch, Corvallis OR
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