About Kids’ Sessions
The purpose of the kids’ session program here at Farm is to provide a safe place for children and families to learn, have fun, and experience healing and growth in a non-traditional way. The “mane” event of each session, and the highlight of the day for most kids, is interacting with the horses. Horses provide a non-judgmental therapeutic environment which fosters breakdown of defense walls and barriers, allowing kids to “just be kids”; encouraging their natural abilities and talents to develop without hindrance from outside distractions.
Each session with the kids is as unique as the children themselves; no two are the same because they are tailored specifically with the individual in mind. Every session involves a 1:1:1 ratio of a leader, child, and horse. This promotes safety and ensures that the session is personalized. The session leader decides where to direct each session by taking cues from each child as to their mood, attention, and willingness, among other things. Kids might paint on their horses, lead their horse through some obstacles in the arena, brush and braid manes, and of course, ride! We also try to find ways to invoke creativity and imagination through art projects and other learning activities or games. Sessions are approximately 90 minutes in duration and usually include a “chore” of some kind prior to working with the horses (scrubbing buckets, cleaning saddles, pulling weeds, etc). The “chore” helps instill value and inclusiveness as each child sees themselves as part of the Foundation Farm team. Through all the above, our desire is to love these kids where they are at and to share our wonderful Lord Jesus with them in a way that is applicable to their lives. This application of truth will help them persevere through life’s continuum of mountain top and valley experiences.”