Horse For Happiness offers free horse camp for kids + teens at the Center

Horse Camp

Allowing kids to handle a 1,000 pound animal gives them confidence and teaches respect for boundaries.

Thanks to Horse For Happiness, the children here at the Center were treated to a  free horse camp!  This year’s event was held on Saturday, June 6th at Horsebound riding school (Horsebound.net) in Rancho Penasquitos.

Teaming under-served or at-risk youth with horses offers many benefits. Allowing kids to handle a 1,000 pound animal gives them confidence  and teaches respect for boundaries. Horses also teach sensitivity. They are very emotional animals that can pick up on what you are feeling and reflect it back.

None of this year’s campers had experience with horses. At the start of camp, emotions ranged from excited to very scared. But by the end of camp, all the campers rated horses a “10” on the fun scale!   Check out the “Horses for Happiness” blog for more details and photos from this heart-warming day at the ranch!