The Standing Tall Life Skills Program addresses the needs of youth (and adults) who are experiencing social, emotional, or physical challenges in their daily life.  We provide a positive and safe equestrian environment to empower students with social life skills and coping skills that help them build self-awareness and self-esteem.  Our students care for the horses and a natural bond of trust and acceptance occurs.  This is a holistic program to address the needs of the Body, Mind, and Spirit.  Our goal is for our students to incorporate their skills to improve relationships and build a stronger community.

We do not provide professional counseling.  We have developed a network of mental healthcare providers for appropriate referrals.  We do not provide traditional therapeutic horse riding.

Our horse activities reinforce our life skills training.


Making A Difference in the Community


Body, Mind and Spirit

Students are introduced to the ancient art of Yoga and Meditation.  The physical benefits include strengthening muscles and improving balance needed for riding a horse.  Students learn deep breathing to calm their body and mind so they may reduce stress and anxiety anywhere, anytime.


Developing Relationships

The Program promotes personal empowerment by introducing practical and fun exercises in:

  • Verbal communication

  • Non-verbal communication

  • Listening and following directions

  • Conflict resolution and problem solving

  • Teamwork

  • Self-Confidence and independence

  • Integrity and Mindfulness


Students learn valuable lessons from the horses.  The life skills exercises help them build self-confidence to improve relationships within their immediate family and community. We strive to make a difference and invite you to learn more and lend your support.

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Reinforcing our Commitment

An important part of our program is the special time participants spend with our horses.   


Students learn how to:

  • Bond and connect with horses to build relationships with people

  • Give and receive trust from horses and people

  • Groom horses to promote self-care and caring for others

  • Partner with horses and people to accomplish team goals

  • Proudly participate with confidence in the independent Trail Ride


Students and volunteers become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man"

Winston Churchill

Standing Tall Testimonies

Jake - Student

Eli - Student

We can fight off bullying and have confidence. I always struggled with that, but Daisey helped me take that off my mind and concentrate on nature and the horse.

Living In Excellence

I enjoyed this class because it started me to feel again. It's easier with animals than with humans because of trauma...Thank you for your program and open arms.

Family Member 

AJ - Student

My grandson told me that he doesn’t ever remember being this happy.  He came from not wanting to attend school, to moving here and not missing one day and making straight A’s!  This class helped him learn how to better handle and diffuse situations and gave him extra self-confidence. Boundaries were a big thing for him to learn how to explain to others to stay away when bothered.

I gained happiness from helping everyone. The program will help them make it in life.

Thank you all for teaching me how to ride horses and teaching me how to improve myself in a better way. I really appreciate it.

 Since 2018, Standing Tall has supported our community by teaching life skills so that our children may live a life of excellence. Our Students are able to communicate better, developing empathy, self-confidence in their ability to resolve conflict.  Their interaction with the horses helps to reinforce the lessons learned.