Horses on the Hill

Horses on the Hill

Horses on the Hill (HOTH) is a unique learning environment incorporating Equine-assisted activities, a riding program, and urban farming and horticulture into Cincinnati's West side communities of Price Hill. Located at 1655 Ross Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205, HOTH serves economically disadvantaged youth and their families, as well as abused women and individuals in recovery; participants interact with horses, are responsible for barn management chores, and experience nature - all activities that promote physical, spiritual, and emotional growth.

Improved self-esteem, discipline, life skills, and stronger family relationships are just a few of the positive changes we hope to instill in those who participate. To accomplish these goals, the equine center offers programs in the following three categories:

Equine-Assisted Activities

  • Programs targeting at risk youth; individuals with cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities; as well as women coming out of addiction and trafficking hardships
  • Certain programs to be led by a PATH certified instructor upon program launch
  • PATH: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship status to be attained and will include instructors with the professional certifications


Urban Farming

  • Committed to connecting people to their food through collaborative methods and innovative urban land use
  • Farm-to-Table education
  • Will allow neighborhood families to participate
  • Given a garden plot of their own, receive training and opportunity to grow their own food
  • Students participating in the Equine Program will also be given the opportunity to learn about cultivating the land (and be expected to help through the processes in order to earn “ride time”). 



  • Geared toward at-risk youth from local schools and after-school programs
  • Students will learn from work experience (e.g: horse care, barn chores and assistance in the community garden)
  • ‘Participants develop discipline, responsibility, and life skills through training, riding and performing equine care and barn management chores’ among horses and other members of the horse family



  • Cultivating young minds; starting a new cycle of growth, wellness and opportunity
  • Developing discipline, responsibility, and life skills
  • Learning and experiencing the value of land
  • Strengthening and improving participants’ self esteem.
  • Promoting strong family relationships
  • Helping participants achieve a greater quality of life