Saving Grace offers riding lessons to the public. Our lessons focus on safety and all around horsemanship, from working with your horse on the ground, to basic English riding skills. Lessons are always taught by a trained Instructor with years of experience, and provide a great foundation for the true horse lover. Lessons are scheduled once a week and cost $125 per month ($135 beginning March 2020). Please see our lesson application and policies for more information. Standard lesson times are limited as our priority is to serve clients with special needs. Lessons are by appointment and first come, first served. NOTE: Lessons typically only have one or two students in them.
Therapeutic riding lessons are offered for children and adults with special needs and disabilities, youth at-risk, and those who have been through trauma. Horseback riding offers a variety of benefits including physical, emotional, social, educational, and mental improvements. The movement of the horse emulates the human walk and can help build torso strength, encourage balance, and trunk control. The movement also stimulates the child's sensory system and can soothe and calm riders, or encourage them to be more engaged. Communication and clear speech is encouraged, educational aspects can be added in, and gross and fine motor skills are exercised all while learning to ride and care for the horse. To join our programs please download the application below.
Our lessons will occur Monday through Saturday in sessions of 6-8 weeks. Please call 704-209-6577 to sign up for a session. We do a FREE evaluation with each client. Evaluations must be done and all paperwork complete at least one week prior to the first lesson. Download the application at the green button on the right.
Spring: March 4 - April 20
April 29- June 8
Summer: June 10- Aug 3 No lessons July 4th
Fall: Aug 12 - Oct 5
Oct 7- Dec 7 No lessons the week of Thanksgiving
January & February Lesson of 2020 will be on a week to week basis for those that want to attend.
"Nothing can compare to giving a child who is unable to walk, four legs and the chance to fly."
~Janna Griggs, Executive Director
“A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life’s true priorities are clear. When you step back, it’s not just about horses — it’s about love, life, and learning. We honor our horses for their brave hearts, courage, and willingness to give. Indeed, horses have the hearts of warriors and often carry us into and out of fields of personal battles. Those who know them understand how fully a horse can hold a human heart.”
~ Lauren Davis Baker
In 2013, Saving Grace began serving Veterans from various backgrounds and walks of life. Saving Grace accepts individual veterans, as well as groups who wish to experience the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship.
Therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted learning activities are offered to active duty and retired veterans at NO COST in honor of their dedicated service to our country. Interacting with the horse centers people, teaches valuable communication skills, strengthens emotional bonds, and builds trust, respect, and confidence. The goal of the program is to assist in physical and mental healing through equine activities to help our heroes reconnect to their families and their lives.
Services are also available for couples and families and can provide much needed bonding time outside the stressors of daily life.
Saving Grace Programs are taught by Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors. Our goals are based on horsemanship and learning activities in a way that can have positive effects on healing and healthy daily living. Programs are fun, interactive, and challenging. Riding is not required but encouraged. Lessons can be done completely on the ground if riding is not desired or not an option due to physical limitations. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORMS
Saving Grace Farm has for many years offered fun and educational horse camps for horse crazy little boys and girls for a few weeks out of each year. These camps are NOT filled with 20-30 children. These camps are limited to 8-12 participants and give the children more horse time than some programs. Our camps are taught by adults who are very experienced with horses and we have trained volunteers to assist the children where needed. We greatly enjoy giving local children the experience of learning all about horses and gaining experience that can help them in everyday life. Our horses are specially chosen to be calm and docile when working with people with special needs and disabilities, so they have great personalities. And they are excellent at teaching leadership, respect, trust, empathy, compassion, assertiveness without aggression, and more!
Winter Camp Applications Please click HERE - For winter break and days out of school. Options available December 23rd through January 3rd Half or Whole day. Sessions will run 8:30 to 12:00 and 12:30 to 4:00 $40/session or $60/day Full day campers should bring a sack lunch. MORE DETAILS are included in the application packet.
Saving Grace also offers special programming for groups. We gladly partner with other programs and organizations to collaborate our efforts for the greater good. Below are a few examples of what we can offer, but we also have the ability to cater our services to your needs, as the horses have a variety of life lessons to offer.
Grooming & Groundwork: These sessions offer a therapeutic outlet and teach groundwork, grooming, breeds, conformation, and basic horse handling in a beautiful, therapeutic atmosphere. Schedule a group of children, adults, or the elderly to come out and work with horses on the ground. This is great for “mom’s morning out, groups of senior citizens, home school children, etc. Come out and “Play with the Ponies” for an hour! 5-10 people $10/each, Over 10 is $6 each
H.A.Y. Program: The Horses Aiding Youth (HAY) program offers a unique approach to life lessons. Youth learn about trust, respect, leadership, communication, connection, assertiveness without aggression, appropriate behaviors, finding calm, and so much more through the eyes of the horse. Horses can teach us a great deal about life and dealing with its changes and uncertainties. Our instructors teach the youth how to listen to the horse and learn from its natural behaviors. For large groups we can incorporate crafts and classroom type activities into these programs. For youth at-risk, these sessions are not set up for one-time visits, as it typically takes multiple interactions with the horses to have a lasting effect. However, one time outings are possible for youth groups interested in information, a unique experience, or some fun, alternate education. Cost is $10/each per hour for groups, may be discounted for other non-profit organizations. Groups over 15 Call to discuss pricing. 704-209-6577
Nurturing Mind, Body, and Spirit through Equine Connection!
Galatians 5:13-14 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself.
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