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Our Program

“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)


What is a “session” at Achaius Ranch?


A session is 90 minutes of time reserved especially for one child, age 8 – 18, to work and play at the ranch, led by a trained “Leader.” The first part of each session (approximately 30 mins) will be dedicated to service, in which the child and the leader will work together on a simple project to help maintain the horses, their environment, equipment, etc. During the remainder of the session, the child will learn 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 will be one-on-one-on-one (child, Leader, horse), even when there is more than one session occurring at the ranch simultaneously. Participants might join together for some service projects and/or equine activities, especially if weather requires sessions to occur indoors, as our indoor accommodations are quite limited. But the ratio will remain one Leader per child, except in rare circumstances (such as if a Leader is suddenly unable to lead a scheduled session and no replacement is available).


When are sessions available?


Though our season runs May – October, most of our regular sessions take place in the summer months, when kids are out of school and Session Leaders are available (most are college students). PleaseĀ click this link to request sessions for your child(ren).


Additional info about sessions:


Sessions are always free for all participants.

Sessions are by appointment only.

A parent, guardian, or other responsible adult must remain at the ranch during their child’s session.

All children must wear shoes that completely cover their feet while at the ranch. A riding helmet is required while mounted (provided by ranch).

There will always be more than one staff member present and available on the ranch during sessions.