Horses on the Hill

Horses on the Hill


Horses on the Hill (HOTH), a realized vision of BLOC Ministries, will be 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. With the goal of serving economically disadvantaged youth and their families, as well as abused women and individuals in recovery; participants will interact with horses, be responsible for barn management chores, and experience nature - all activities that promote physical, spiritual, and emotional growth.

The equine center will offer one-on-one and group equine-assisted activities, riding sessions, and holistic support interventions with a certified therapist to assist in treatment for individuals who have been abused or have cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities. In addition, a general Work-to-Ride program geared toward at-risk youth from local schools and after-school programs will be implemented.

Beyond working with animals, HOTH will be committed to connecting people to their food through Farm-to-Table education. Through collaborative methods and innovative land use, participating students and neighborhood families will be welcomed to join, and given the opportunity to receive training and cultivate their own garden plot.

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.

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 and veterans 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”). 

 

Work-to-Ride

  • 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

 

GOALS

  • 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
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