Motivation, Confidence, and Critical Thinking

Our HorsePowered Programs

Our HorsePowered equine-assisted programs take learning to a new level with a whole-body learning approach which emphasizes individual learning styles and challenges.  According to Georgia Southern University, teachers utilize whole body learning when they strive to engage students in multiple ways; physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Your child will have the opportunity to complete all activities on the ground (no riding).  No prior horse experience is required.  Your child will be interacting and learning with horses in a safe, fun and sensory oriented environment.  

We offer private/individual sessions and group programs.

Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

HorsePowered Reading

HorsePowered Reading  is a research-based curriculum developed by Dr. Michele Pickel in 2012. Her one-of-a-kind program combines equine-assisted learning with the best educational practice to engage your child's mind, body and emoting.  Dr. Pickel utilized the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model while developing her program.

Students practice reading, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary skills in a corral with various props and toys being used to visualize their individual learning obstacles.  As your child interacts with horses, a certified teacher, and trained volunteers, he or she will discover new ways to break through social and emotional barriers.

This curriculum offers the following benefits: 

  • Each lesson is tailored to the individual student in a way which engages the whole body.
  • Research shows whole body learning designed to engage your child's kinesthetic and sensory modes of learning dramatically improves his ability to retain important academic skills. In other words; your child is seeing, touching, and interacting with what he is learning in a way which uses many different areas of his brain. In 2018, a study using MRI technology, found that when children had more communication between different areas of their , they had stronger literacy skills [1].
  • Your child will improve her motivation, confidence and critical thinking while learning critical academic skills.
Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

Group size is limited to six (6) participants. Please be assured we will tailor the session to meet your child's individual reading struggles. If you would like more information on Horse Powered Reading, please  visit the following website, www.crosspranch.com.

Smith, G.J., Booth, J.R., and McNorgan, C. Longitudinal Task-Related Functional Connectivity Changes Predict Reading Development. Frontiers in Psychology, 60, September 2018. [1]

HorsePowered Math

HorsePowered Math was developed by Nancy Lyon after years of working with youth as an educator at the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center. Her approach builds upon the principles Dr. Michele Pickel used to develop Horse Powered Reading. Your child will work in a corral setting and all the work is done on the ground using various toys/props to visualize individual learning obstacles.

A whole-body learning approach is used in a way which allows your child to break through any social, emotional, or behavioral barriers which may be hindering her learning. You know your child is an awesome learner and we do, too! 

Use this program to help your child  develop the following math skills: 

  • Memorizing facts
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Discovering Patterns
  • Story Problems

Don't be surprised if your child acquires many more math skills along the way! Also be prepared to see your child grow in her motivation, confidence, and critical thinking.

Group size is limited to six (6)  students per group.

Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

Please be assured we tailor the lesson to your child's individualized needs. 

HorsePowered Life Skills

Does your child struggle with social, emotional, behavioral and group skills?  Are you looking for a program which will help your child develop life skills in a supportive environment? Nancy Lyon has developed a unique program building upon the same principals of working with horses to help your child develop resilience, confidence, strong communication skills, leadership and emotional regulation skills through groundwork activities with a horse, along with a certified school counselor, and trained volunteers.

Our programs are customized with your child’s special needs in mind. We consider it a privilege to help your child develop the following skills:

  • Non-verbal Communication
  • Creative Problem-Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Responsibility
  • Positive and Confident Attitude
  • Regulating Emotions
  • Trust
  • Respect

Group size is limited to six (6) participants. Please be assured we will take your child’s individual needs into account.

Recommended for Kindergarten and up

Pricing

  • Group Programs:
    $180 per program per child
    $75 per program per child – partial scholarship
    $0/session – full scholarship
  • Individual/Private Sessions (45-60 minutes)
    $60/session
    $30/session – partial scholarship
    $0/session – full scholarship

Before David participated in the HorsePowered Life Skills program, if he was told “no”, he would turn on tears. Now, when he starts to cry (after being told “no”) I ask him what the horses would say. He is able to calm himself down and says “ok” on a more consistent basis.

Sarah

The horses taught me that I always have to be ready to go to Plan B.

Michael

Age 7

Tara (age 12) started the first day speaking in a very soft, mumbling voice. By the end of the program, Tara was using her firm and clear voice with confidence.

Julie

It was truly amazing to see how the program helped my son’s confidence grow and how his attitude of being willing to learn improved. The horses know exactly how to respond to each child.

Cheryl

It was interesting to see how my child would take a directive from a horse and not throw a temper-tantrum.

Dan

My son, Corey, (age 7) now proudly boasts that he is now the second-best reader in the class.

Cindy

My son, Bryson, really struggled in Kindergarten and was falling behind in school after my husband deployed. We discovered this unique program and decided to give it a try even though it meant driving over one hour one way. After the first three days of the summer program, we noticed a positive change in his behavior. We chose to continue with the fall programs. As a result Bryson was less stressed and anxious about school. In fact, he was pretty excited to start 1st grade.

April

My son and I have been given a tool box full of tools through BraveHearts. We now have vocabulary and references we can use to help remind one another to be focused, check our surroundings, remain calm, use a firm voice…

Brenda

Gage struggles with math. He participated in the HorsePowered Reading and Math programs and that helped him relax. He learned responsibility. He enjoyed being in charge and getting the horse to do what he wanted. I have seen a lot of the skills that Gage learned through BraveHearts translates into his day to day life. His son takes more responsibility by getting himself ready for school. He doesn’t need prompting and takes the initiative to finish his homework.

Jason

Enrollment is limited, so register today.