We’re so glad you stopped by to learn more about who we are and what we do at Pony Partners.
Pony Partners is a Ministry of Little Acorn Ranch and is dedicated to sharing the love of God and His creation through miniature horses and the ranch setting.
Our program began in August 2018 for the specific purpose of reaching out to children and families in our community through Biblically based Equine Assisted programs. Children are always in the process of learning and growing, many times special needs or difficulties in their lives cause learning to be challenging. At Pony Partners we share the love of God with our students through spending time with them and the ponies and sharing lessons we learn from a Biblical point of view.
We are a registered 501 c 3 charity. Our lessons are always free. We are supported by love gifts of all sizes.
Pony Partners is a special program designed to enhance the lives of children and families through interaction with miniature horses. Horses and ponies are nonjudgmental and intuitive. They have special senses to read our emotions and our body language very well. Their interaction with us reflects our own state, even when we have limited self-awareness.
At Pony Partners, children can make friends with the ponies through petting, grooming and other activities and work on developing areas of skill that are often difficult in classroom settings. Our miniature horses are used in unmounted horsemanship. There is no riding at this time. We work together with school programs, homeschool families and others to support areas of skill identified as goals and offer opportunities to use the horses as unique “teachers assistants.” This unique setting and the interactions with the horses can help children who have difficulty learning in traditional settings, and it’s just plain fun and joyful!
For children who participate as partners, it is an opportunity not only to spend time with horses, for those who long to and have limited opportunity, but it is a rewarding and enjoyable way to develop positive traits such as responsibility, accountability, patience, level-headedness, empathy, kindness, and self-discipline. Partnering with our “ponies” can help children and adults realize how their choices, attitudes, and behaviors affect themselves and others.
In 2022 we were able to return to group activities. We had Summer Camp in July with a Saturday horse show, fun even in the rain. We had Christmas Camp “Journey to Bethlehem” in November and early December. We rejoiced to have children of all abilities from ages 3-12 together in our camps nd enjoyed the teamwork and sheer enjoyment all had. Stay tuned as we gear up in 2023 for more camps, groups and individual lessons!
Please contact us to set up an appointment to find out how your child, group or family can participate in our program.