The purpose of the Hearts & Horses Program is to bring joy and healing to children, youth and families. Horses can help children heal and find hope. They mirror their feelings because they are always in the moment and in tune to their body language, making them good teachers and friends.
We reach out to children and youth ages 7 - 18 (ranchers) who are experiencing grief or loss from situations such as: Divorce, death, chronic illness, deployment, or abandonment.
Ranchers are scheduled for sessions throughout the summer. Each session includes one leader, one rancher and a horse.
The rancher will learn to develop a relationship with the horse on the ground through basic horsemanship skills. Later, ranchers are given an opportunity to ride a horse of their choice!
During program activities, ranchers have the full attention of the leader. They will do ranch work together and work with the horses. As ranchers have fun in their horse session, they also learn skills that enable them to better communicate, care for others, trust and respect others and themselves through the gift of horses..
Our ranchers are children and youth ages 7-18 years old who experience loss related to: Break up of family, severe health issues of a loved one, loss or impending loss of a loved one.
Ranchers receive up to 5 sessions throughout the program season. Each session includes one leader, one rancher and a horse. The session lasts approximately 1 hour.
Horses and leaders teach our ranchers:
Ranchers will take away new skills that can help them:
“He is his happy self again and knows how to ride a horse. Plus he likes taking care of animals and adopted a cat.”
“We have become a lot closer and value our family time. I have found we express our feelings more and talk things out.”
“They taught the kids to do chores with the fun stuff too!”
My son has learned to follow direction from other's and the horse's help keep him calm and happy, my daughter has opened up and talks to the staff and other participants along with staff at school.
We have been through so much personal stuff that going out and participating in these programs allow not only me but my kid's to be who they are open up talk about things that have happened.
" When Deston first sat on the horse, he was calm. He even, on his own, touched the horse’s mane while riding and seemed to really enjoy himself.”
Iowa's youth are future leaders. At Victory Ranch we have an opportunity to utilize our environment and our team of horse to teach leadership skills that can be applied to everyday circumstances. Including:
Vicki Baum, Executive Director and director of this program Vicki has direct leadership experience in manufacturing and education and has delivered lean training to over 40 organizations in the past 15 years. Organizations served include manufacturing, bioprocessing, job shops, healthcare, construction, education and seed processing.
Vicki's experience will benefit youth that are looking forward to advanced education or for those who are will go directly into the workforce after high school.
Our Youth Leadership program partners with families, school districts, youth groups, and other non-profit organizations that supports Iowa's youth.
We depend on donations, referrals and volunteers from local and statewide corporations, small businesses and state agencies to assist us in training and preparing our youth for the future.
Together we can impact the future of Iowa's Youth and prepare them for higher education and the workforce.
If you would like to learn more about your youth leadership program, please contact Vicki Baum, Executive Director at 641-799-8346.