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Rating: 5

I am a Masters of Social Work student at the University of Michigan and I completed my first year of field work with Detroit Horse Power's after school program 2018-2019. The transformation I witnessed week after week in the young people we worked with was so heart warming. Time with the horses during weekend barn trips and the hands-on social-emotional learning activites after school helped the youth develop confidence, responsible risk-taking, perseverance, empathy, and self-control. I learned so much from these resilient young people and from the dedicated staff at DHP who supported me in my educational journey. My primary project outside the classroom was assisting with their evaluation work to measure DHP's impact and refining their self-assessment tool for the 2019 summer program. I hold Detroit Horse Power in the highest regard.

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Rating: 5

I am an MSW student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and I am placed with Detroit Horse Power for my field placement. I am so impressed by how much the staff care for the youth participants and each other. They work together to build and deliver quality, evidence based social-emotional learning programming to address the needs of each student and help them develop perseverance, empathy, responsible risk taking, confidence, and self control in relation to riding and caring for horses, as well as transferring these skills to life and their futures. I am greatly enjoying my placement with this program, I love our weekend barn visits, and I look forward to supporting these youth and this program going forward however I can.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Interesting items, good prices, good mission. and excellent customer service. I went there today and everyone in the store was very professional and helpful. In particular Saul was very good to work with. The whole facility was a model for customer service.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a parent to two children who have attend Detroit Horse Power's week long camps. They have learned a great deal about horses, their anatomy, how to ride, and how to care for the horses they ride. This program also encourages the children to make new friends, experience new things, and to become better people. Ironically this program has brought my children, (one of which is the program's first Autistic rider) and his sister closer together. They are 2 years apart in school, and they normally don't have anything in common... Until now. The program helps my son come out of his shell, and my daughter to share in his experiences, and they cooperatively work together.
This program would like to repurpose abandoned land in the city, to provide riding and bording to Detroit's citizens, but more importantly to Detroit's children. They want to offer children the opportunity to ride and enjoy horses, in their own community.