January 14 at 12:00pm

Equestrian Program Provides Escape for TYA Students


Interfaith Community Services recently celebrated 14 Transitional Youth Academy students from Oceanside High School who graduated from Ivey Ranch’s Emerging Leaders Equine Assisted Learning Program. Each week, the students were introduced to different lessons and aspects of “ranch life,” ranging from leading horses around a ring, knot tying classes, cooking “ranch-style” dishes such as cornbread and ultimately, riding a horse. At the program graduation ceremony, students expressed their appreciation for the program and the escape it provided from the challenges of their daily lives.

TYA 4Ivey Ranch is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing unique learning opportunities that strengthen and develop lives. Ivey Ranch partners TYA students with horses to promote healthy life skills and develop strength-based assets that stimulate positive behavioral changes; this process is called Equine Assisted Learning (EAL.) Each EAL session is designed to teach the students to set goals, develop a plan, achieve the goal and then analyze the outcomes. The interactive lessons with horses allow TYA students to self-discover and improve their processes to achieve the best possible outcome.