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Our mission is to open doorways of hope and create opportunities for personal development by connecting horses and people.
Hope Rides is a youth ranch where broken horses, kids and families have the opportunity to heal and grow. The ranch serves youth ages 5-18. There is no cost to utilize the ranch and to date we are 100% volunteer based organization. Everyone who serves through the ranch depends on other sources of income to live. While it is free to utilize the ranch the cost to run a program of this nature is not and it is for that reason that we accept donations and do a variety of fundraising events.
The horses that live at the ranch are everything from backyard horses that need a new home to rescue horses that are barely breathing when they arrive. Likewise many of the kids that come to the ranch come from similar situations. It is the shared experience of the kids and horses that allows them to understand each other perhaps better than anyone else can. Each child who comes to the ranch is an individual that needs to be treated in a unique and special way. The ranch program is dynamic in that it flexes to meet the needs of each child. It is because we work with one child, one leader and one horse that each child gets a very private and focused time that is suited to facilitate their unique situation and healing.
Hope Rides operates in Mayer, Minnesota.