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Shasta Riding Club’s mission is to create a safe, inclusive community where local youth and their families, regardless of economic resources or learning styles, can build character, develop relationships, learn responsibility and cultivate empathy through riding and other activities with rescued horses.

10167972_915972051766380_60339544424220348_nAt Shasta Riding Club we believe that working with horses, learning to ride and being part of a positive barn community can improve the lives  of children and families, especially those who have been affected by addiction, unemployment or natural disasters such as the Boles Fire. These children often form deep connections with rescued horses that also need a safe place. Through caring for these horses that are both tough and strong and yet fragile and sensitive at the same time, children learn responsibility and empathy and increase their self-confidence tremendously.

Involving children and adolescents in riding and horse related activities will improve their self-esteem, instill a sense of empowerment, encourage responsibility and a strong work ethic and help them develop meaningful relationships with their peers and with the horses. These horses provide an indirect way to teach life skills to children and teens, better preparing them for a successful adulthood. With an increase in a sense of responsibility, self-esteem and motivation, our students perform better in school and are less likely to get into trouble.