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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!