Equestrian/Equine Therapy Program
Agape Boarding School has a great Equestrian/Equine Therapy Program. This program is designed to utilize the God-given, natural therapy offered through the horse to promote personal growth in confidence, character, responsibility, and leadership skills. Many life lessons can be learned from the back of the horse. It is the intention of this program to teach young men to become good leaders of themselves, their homes, and their communities.
There are three equestrian/equine courses offered at Agape
- Equine Safety — teaches basic knowledge of horses, cattle, and equipment.
- Tack and Care — teaches the basics of caring for a horse.
- Horsemanship — teaches discipline, balance, and technique
These courses use the natural apprehensions, thrills, and victories, associated with entering a relationship with a horse to reopen a heart and mind that has been closed to leadership, learning and love. Our program is based on a personal working relationship between a young man and his own horse . Because of a horse’s instinct to survive and interact socially he is very sensitive to his environment and becomes a mirror of the young man’s emotions and feelings. Through exercises in natural horsemanship, each young man must learn to communicate on the horses level and develop a trusting relationship that allows him to lead the horse without force or coercion.
Through this process, the teen boy learns more about himself and his personal relationships with others than he does about horsemanship. The program uses a genuine approach to working with horses that is free from gimmicks, games and props. This is just “the boy and his horse.” The main focus is the boy. The goals and accomplishments are not for the betterment of the horse. The horse will be used to better the boy.
The curriculum also includes Biblical aids in an understanding of overcoming fear, controlling behavior, and becoming a man of integrity.
Advanced & Vocational Equine Classes
*For students who desire to further their education within the equestrian program there will be both an advanced class and a vocational class offered. Both classes will only be available through parental and administrative consent. This class will go into much more detail and teach all the skills that one would need to work on a ranch including: training, performing, breeding, foaling, building tack and tack repair, farrier basics, and horses as a business.