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Horse Connection Program

Horse Connection is the PLRM program featuring several different experiences for youth (age 3-16) and their parent or guardian or independently (age 12 and above).

Sorry, all Horse Connection Classes are currently full.

I. Horse Connection Intro Classes 

  • Mini ages 3-4
  • Pony ages 5-6
  • Cob ages 7-14

II. Horse Connection Care and Riding Program (CRP)  INTRO CLASS IS A PRE-RECUSITE

  • Riding & Caring Level 1-4 ages 7-14
  • Riding & Caring Level 1 for ages 15 and up 

For descriptions of these programs see the detailed list below


Why Horse Connection

How does one learn how to care for and ride a horse? In our Horse Connection classes, that’s how!

Horse Connection, a Promised Land Ranch Ministries equine caregiving and riding program, was developed to give youth and those who care for them a place to enjoy time together as they learn how to care for and experience horses. The Horse Connection program is unique in that it is focused on building relationships while learning about and experiencing horses. The Horse Connection and camp programs at PLRM are essential to its mission of connecting with God, people, and horses, for the purpose of youth being empowered, their purpose defined, and their futures fortified, as they experience loving and caring connections through their interest in horses.

Benefits of  participating in a horse related sport/recreational activity.

Horses are a family or individual sport/recreation that can last a lifetime, and has many benefits. Most of us have heard the saying, "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a person."  At PLRM we believe the horse experience is good for our minds, bodies and souls in that working with horses has scientifically and experientially  proven benefits for the entire person.  Here are some of the benefits

Physical Benefits

  • Riding, working around the barn, and caring for the horses strengthens muscles and increases cardiovascular capacity.  Riding works the core muscles and strengthens and stabilizes a persons trunk which improves posture and balance.
  • The rider develops coordination, motor function, and balance.
  • Stimulates the internal organs which aids in liver function and digestion

Mental Benefits

  • Confidence that comes from learning how to handle and interact with this huge animal
  • Horses are very intuitive and respond to our body language and inner feelings.  As we seek to understand them, we become more aware of ourselves and how we affect our surroundings.
  • Focus...Horses are all about being in the present and in order to connect with them and get results we need to be able to focus on a desired outcome.   
  • Problem solving
  • Responsibility...Opportunities to practice being responsible
  • Persevering through the challenges and frustrations that can be presented when working with horses builds character.
  • Learning relaxation and calming in self and horse

Emotional Benefits

  • Learning how to build and earn trust
  • Learning connection and bonding
  • Understanding and appropriately expressing emotions

Spiritual Benefits

  • Horses are very relational creatures.  As we experience them we learn more about relationships, which then in turn benefits our relationship with God.
  • Connecting with God through His amazing created horse is a very stimulating as well as a peaceful experience.  The Bible refers to the horse/equine more than any other creature. 
  • Learning about the horse and experiencing it better acquaints us with our God who created all things.
  • The experience of a horse that comes to trust and submit to its master through a love relationship rather than punishment is a powerful lesson in the understanding of our relationship with a loving God who is our Master.
  • Submission of will...a horse does not have to let us rule over them, nor does it need to.  It humbly chooses to out of a trust based obedience.


No matter the person or the time invested, horses have a profound impact on the lives of those who experience them.  Let your experience in the Horse Connection Program at PLRM show you how.

Horse Connection Programs

Experienced equine handlers in small classes take adults and children through the steps of meeting a variety of equine breeds, recognizing each animal’s needs, and learning to work with them safely.  Let PLRM be your connection to God's created horse in the new temperature controlled stable and indoor  riding arena.  Our horse program and facility is one of the few such faith based equine assisted programs for families in the area. Our lead instructor has 50+ years of equine experience.


I. Horse Connection Intro Classes: MONDAYS 4:30-5:30

Mini Class (ages 3-4, plus a caregiver)

This four-day series for the adult and child is a wonderful opportunity to connect while you introduce your little one to our gentle equine.  These hands-on caregiving classes include learning basic needs of a horse, grooming, stable chores, an introduction to riding and more! This is a great time for you and your child to come and have fun with horses while learning safe practices as we do it. This program is designed for children ages 3 to 4 years old accompanied by their parent/guardian. Program is consecutive Thursdays for one hour each day.

Mondays 4:30-5:30pm  

Contact the ranch for start dates: contact@plrm.org  913-849-3383

Suggested Donation:  $65.00 for the package of 4 sessions


Pony Class (ages 5-6, plus a caregiver)  

This four-day series is a great way to connect with a child, while introducing them to horses.  This program can also help you determine if horses are a good fit for your child.  Participants will learn safety around horses, basic breeds and colors, plus different jobs and uses of horses through fun interactive activities.  Youth will also experience the basics of tack and riding .  Participants must be accompanied by an adult.  Program is 4 consecutive Thursdays for one hour each day.

Mondays 4:30-5:30pm

Contact the ranch for start dates: contact@plrm.org 913-849-3383

Suggested Donation:  $65.00 for the package of 4 sessions


Cob Class (ages 7-14)

This four-day series is a great way to connect with your youth, while introducing them to horses.  This program can also help you determine if horses are a good fit for your child.  Participants will learn safety around horses, basic breeds and colors, plus different jobs and uses of horses through fun interactive activities.  Kids will also experience the basics of tack and riding.  Participants must be accompanied by an adult.  Program is 4 consecutive Thursdays for one hour each day.

Mondays 4:30-5:30pm

Contact the ranch for start dates: contact@plrm.org 913-849-3383

Suggested Donation: $65.00 for the package of 4 sessions


II. Horse Connection Care and Riding Program (CRP) ages 7-14: 

 Intro Class is a pre-requisite

CRP is for a youth who is interested in pursuing the sport of horses more seriously.  This program meets weekly for a 2 hour session with the goal of working up the levels to becoming a proficient rider. Participants must attend regularly to develop their riding skills in order to merit going to the next level.  Each week participants will learn about horsemanship by receiving a riding lesson.  Classroom session will include horse care, stable management, and Bible time.  Each week the youth ride as a team  which not only builds their riding skills, but relationships.  As youth move up the levels they become eligible  for optional activities like riding outside the arena on our trails, off campus trail riding, attending horse shows and other events with their horse (may be fees associated with off campus activities). 

Tuesday 4:30-6:30 age 7-10    Thursday 4:00-6:00 age 11-15

Contact the ranch to get registered: contact@plrm.org 913-849-3383

Price:  $140.00 for the package of 4 weekly sessions.  (Any month that has a fifth week will be a free fun night on campus)  This is a seasonal commitment (September-May excluding December and January when Barn is closed)

CRP Level 1 

This level is designed to develop safe and caring relationships between participants and horses. Participants learn basic caregiving skills such as grooming a horse and cleaning a horse’s stall. They also learn the process of preparing a horse to be ridden, which culminates with their first riding experience.  

CRP Level 2 

This program is for those who have completed CRP Level 1. Caregiving is continued in this level with participants learning about horse hoof care and how to bathe a horse. Participants begin to develop riding skills that focus on basic control of a horse at a walk trot and they are introduced to cantering.

CRP Level 3 

Level 3 is available for participants who have completed both Level 1 and Level 2. In this program participants will broaden their horsemanship knowledge. As riding skills develop further, participants are taken outside the riding arena to test their skills on a trail ride.

CRP Level 4 

To enroll in this program, participants must have completed Levels 1, 2 and 3. In this program participants learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy horses, common horse health issues and how to maintain a healthy horse through proper care. Each participant is assigned their own horse that they will care for throughout the series. Participants continue to develop their riding skills while being introduced to faster gaits.

CRP Level 1 for Adults (ages 15+)

If you have never been on a horse before, or if you are somewhat experienced with horses but would like to learn more about their behavior and caregiving, or just generally brush up on your horsemanship skills, then this program is for you.