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LEAD with Horses

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Educational Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Positive change and personal growth through horses; LEAD with Horses promotes Leadership, Education, and Active Development for the children & youth of Western Nevada. We offer extraordinary kids the opportunity to care for and work with extraordinary horses.

Target demographics: Children and youth facing social, emotional and learning challenges

Direct beneficiaries per year: 95 students

Geographic areas served: Washoe County, Nevada

Programs: Equine assisted learning and therapy. We offer individual and group programs to teach life skills through hands-on activities with horses.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids and I love this program. My son and daughter got the chance to be apart of the lead with horses program together, there bond has strengthen along with working on their patients and communication . They love being around the horses and working with them. Is a life changing experience. We are so thankful and definitely recommend lead with horses

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter needed a different experience that summer can normally offer. Luckily, I found LEAD Horses program. It helped her ground down. I can see the difference. The horses gives a different energy to our youths. The environment to me is so exquisite and peaceful. I don’t think anyone realize that there are options like these for our children. It grace trying to help each child one at a time in the process of conscious engagement. Awareness is powerful.
Thank you so much LEAD horses.
Epifania and Dominique CabangonTongol

Melissa B.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 6 and a half year old son has attended multiple courses at LEAD with Horses. The most recent of which he received a partial scholarship for. I am so thankful for both Jeane for having this vision, as well as all of the incredible equine friends that call LEAD their home; all of whom seem to know exactly what each individual child in the program needs. My son really looks forward to going and seeing his favorite horses, Bear-Bear, and Alex, and talks about them frequently. LEAD's group structure has helped with self-regulation, being aware of personal space, patience, problem solving and emotional regulation, as well as cooperation and understanding through the group activities. The horses (and Hoku the Donkey too!) have helped install compassion and respect, as well as a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. I just can't say enough positive things about them- We are so grateful for all that is LEAD with horses!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear LEAD with Horses,

I am writing to you to express my thanks for the generous scholarship your program granted my son Ahlijah. Through this scholarship, he can attend therapy at LEAD weekly for 3 seasons, the continuity of ongoing therapy is crucial to Ahlijah’s personal growth. He has been building on his skills for taking responsibility as well as working on his self-esteem. It is wonderful to watch him continue to grow and learn skills that he can apply in everyday life.
Again, please accept my heartfelt thanks for the wonderful opportunity that your scholarship has given my son.
Thank you,
Jayme Drumm

1 Eileen D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Lead with Horses. I was awarded a scholarship for my 3 children, and as a single mom, that is a big deal for me. My kids have been through a lot and this is something they look forward to and enjoy. Most places I take them to, they are afraid and don’t want to go back because they have had a hard time adjusting and making friends, but they love going to Lead with Horses! So even though they are too young to express what it’s doing for them emotionally, I can see the progress and their social fear falling away. Thank you Lead with Horses for investing in our future generation!

Board Member

Rating: 5

LEAD with Horses came into my life while volunteering with another community based equine program with my miniature donkey, Rosie. Rosie came into my life when my husband was suffering a life-threating battle with MRSA. His constant care while being the only person in our house that could work and insure medical coverage lead to life stresses I had only been able to imagine. My weekly training sessions and daily exercises with Rosie became my safe haven, and place where I could explore my feelings and see them reflected in Rosie's behavior and feeback. While I was training her simple skills, she was helping me develop confidence, non-verbal communication skills, and how much further I progressed with positive thoughts and interactions vs negative. I learned how important equine companions can be in emotional and behavioral development, even at the age of 50 when you think you've seen it all. When I discovered LEAD, and the work they do using equine assisted learning and therapy, I knew immediately I wanted to be involved in growing this type of therapy and support for our local youth; especially those at risk in and in high stress situations. Benefiting first hand with equine assisted learning myself, I can directly relate to the experiences of the youth, and the importance in their overall emotional, physical and behavioral health. It is for this reason I joined the board of this amazing organization.

The educators at LEAD have dedicated all the funds from donations directly to the programs, often forgoing pay themselves. This is a true non-profit that puts all the money into the programs. If you are looking for a great cause to support, I strongly recommend LEAD with Horses.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LEAD is amazing! I was introduced to them when my oldest daughter took a class that they offered for homeschooled children, at a Co-op my girls attended. I was so impressed, that I signed both of my daughters up for another course at their beautiful facility. My girls can't stop talking about the class each week...what challenge they were presented with and how they eventually overcame it. I have seen their excitement and confidence grow. I hope to continue with LEAD for as long as possible! This is a wonderful program!