Almost since the inception of New Day Ranch, our program has included the active use of horses. The Equestrian Program is an integral component of the Day Treatment program, the New Day Group Homes, the New Day Foster Homes and the Four Dances Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Treatment Program.
The site of the New Day Main Campus on Coburn Road has a long history of equestrian activity. The program began in 1995, and in June 2004, New Day Ranch completed construction on the Gary Pollari Horse Barn that houses our indoor riding arena. The facility provides a disabled-accessible, weather-proof venue for horsemanship activities throughout the year. The barn includes an innovative ambient heating system that keeps riders warm in the coldest weather, without heating the air in the barn.
Our youth work one-on-one with the horses in a variety of horsemanship activities. This form of experiential theray includes grooming, feeding, haltering, and leading/riding a horse. In riding lessons, not only do youth gain riding and horsemanship skills, but we also focus on helping students gain self-care life skills. Through a combination of horsemanship experiences and guidance by our professional counseling staff, youth are able to learn about themselves and others; they also seem to relate their feelings more openly and freely, and allow feedback needed for behavioral changes. The Equestrian Program is supervised by horse professionals who instill strong equestrian skills in an atmosphere that stresses safety and respect for the horses.