What Comes With the Program
1-Hour Private Horse Lessons
1-on-1 Mentoring from Caring Instructors
Leadership Development through the 7 Habits
Yoga at the Barn and Other Equestrian Activities
Professional Photoshoot of You and Your Horse
7 Habits Seminars for Parents
Bridle Up Hope is a one-of-a-kind program. We are not a therapy program or a treatment center, nor are we a "riding club." Rather, we are an Equine-Assisted Learning program to help you develop confidence, resilience, and life skills. You will have tons of fun and feel empowered to succeed in life! Everything about Bridle Up Hope, including the riding lessons and barn culture, is infused with The 7 Habits for Equestrians, so you learn to apply the 7 Habits™ at the barn and in your personal life.
Habit 1: Be Proactive®. Take charge of your horse. Take charge of your life.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind®. Have a plan for your ride. Have a plan for your life.
Habit 3: Put First Things First®. Prepare before your ride. Work before you play.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win®. Remember your horse’s needs and your own. Remember, everyone can win.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood®. Listen to your horse first. Listen before you talk.
Habit 6: Synergize®. Become one with your horse. Work well with others.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®. Nurture your horse. Nurture yourself: body, heart, mind, and soul.
And The 8th Habit: Find Your Voice, and Inspire Others to Find Theirs®. Once you learn to ride, help others learn to ride.
What people are saying
"Bridle Up Hope has truly been an amazing experience for me. I made new friends, rode horses, and bonded with my instructors. I also learned a lot about the world through the 7 Habits. My favorite habit is 'Seek first to understand, then to be understood,' which I use a lot in my relationships. It’s a very selfless thing to do in communication. I also loved hanging out and eating pretzels at the barn. All of the girls were so accepting of me and were so loving. I love myself, horses, and other girls around me a lot more now."
Lauryn, a Bridle Up Hope Participant
"I want to thank Bridle Up Hope for the guidance it has given me in helping me find direction in life, and for helping me find my confidence, which was extremely difficult for me and often still is. But I don’t worry about it because I know I have a safe space to go that can remind me of how amazing I am."
Kimberlee, a Bridle Up Hope Participant
"The experience our daughter has had with Bridle Up Hope has made her a better human being. She has become more compassionate, more hard-working, more generous, and more self-confident. Now, this isn’t to say that everything is rainbows and unicorns (horses) because she still has her hard days, but her hard days have become more manageable because of the things she has learned. She feels empowered and knows that she doesn’t have to allow certain things to define her."
Parents of Madelyn, a Bridle Up Hope Rider