Our 2016 Youth Program season has ended. Please contact us in Spring if you are interested in bringing kids for sessions in 2017.
What impact does Achaius Ranch have on children and their families? We’ll let them speak for themselves. Here are some quotes from session participants and/or parents or mentors, taken from a recent anonymous survey:
“My daughter is so happy to be at the ranch, while she loves to ride she does not have to be riding to be happy. She can be mucking the stalls or brushing the ponies she just loves animals and the peace that she feels at he ranch.”
“Exercise and challenges are both given to us at Achaius. Physical activity, as well as a sense of accomplishment/ competence improve physical and mental well-being. Being in the Christian environment at Achaius improves my spiritual well-being and make me feel safe and comfortable opening up.”
“My self worth is improved when I am faced with a challenge and I am able to overcome it. This happens at Achaius Ranch. Both the staff and the horses at ranch also demonstrate unconditional love, which is very empowering.”
“I’ve never heard any negativity while visiting the ranch.”
“Achaius Ranch was a wonderful resource this summer. I am a mentor to a student with severe behavioral issues, and I saw a completely different side to her. The one-on-one attention from staff and time with the horses really brought out the best in her. She was attentive, calm, respectful, and took control in a responsible way- all things that are normally very difficult for her on a day to day basis. When we first got there, she didn’t even want to get out of the car because of her extreme anxiety. They waited for her patiently and when she did join the group they were so kind and let her work through everything at her own pace.”
“The ranch is a wonderful hidden treasure! EVERYONE there is so friendly and have positive values!”