A session is 90 minutes of time reserved for one child, age 8 – 18, to work and play at the ranch, led by a trained “Session Leader.” The first part of each session (approximately 30 mins) is dedicated to service, in which the child and the Session Leader work together on a simple project to help maintain the horses, their environment, equipment, etc. During the remainder of the session, the child learns about horses, grooming, caring for them, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, which includes riding (when/if they are ready for that), etc. Most of the time, sessions are one-on-one-on-one (child, Session Leader, horse).
Due to our focus on our Harmony Project (see an explanation under “trauma recovery”), we are not currently scheduling this kind of youth sessions, but if you are interested in them, please contact Elisha McCulloh about future availability. firstname.lastname@example.org or (765) 376-9535.
“Achaius Ranch has a powerful impact not only on the session children, but also on the horses and the staff. As one of the session leaders at the ranch, some of the most happy and empowering moments of my life are when I am able to help a child or horse heal and grow. I love seeing the joy on a child’s face and I have been told that a child had the best day of their life with me on multiple occasions. Achaius Ranch is a place where people are able to be natural and to find joy in the most wholesome way. All children should have this opportunity. Many don’t have that at home or at school, Achaius is able to provide the Christ centered environment, where children can love, heal, and grow.”
– (Achaius Ranch Session Leader)
“The youth program gives my daughter the opportunity to interact with horses that she would probably not have the opportunity to do otherwise. I love that the organization is faith based. Although the program is at no cost, I like that it teaches hard work through the kids service of having to do some work before having the training time with the horses. Good life lessons learned at the ranch.”
– (parent of a session participant)