For Parents – Overview

 

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Bridle Up Hope, a non-profit charity, was designed to inspire hope and confidence in young women through equestrian training. In particular, we target young women between the ages of 12 and 25 who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or other similar emotional challenges. We believe that every young woman has great worth and potential and our mission is to help your girl find this through equestrian training. The real cost per rider for this incredible experience is approximately $1,800. Thanks to generous donors who cover two-thirds of the expense, families of riders are only responsible for the remaining $600 for the 13-week program.  This expense can be paid up front or spread evenly over a 6-month period.

Bridle Up Hope’s unique program is comprised of three parts:

1) Learning how to care, connect, and communicate with a horse during 13 weeks of hour-long equestrian experiences with a private instructor.

2) Learning life skills, incorporated into the equestrian experiences, based on the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by the Bridle Up Hope founder, Sean Covey.

3) Learning to give back by volunteering at the barn a minimum of one hour each week during scheduled volunteer hours.

In addition, once a month, your girl will have the option to gather at our barn to enjoy Taking the Reins. This is a social opportunity for your girl to participate in fun equestrian activities and mingle with other riders.

The equine part of the program consists of 13 private equestrian experiences for one hour each week. Each equestrian experience is private and just between the rider, the instructor, and the horse. This allows each girl individual attention to learn equestrian skills and the opportunity to bond with their horse. Our instructors have each been trained and certified in the “Bridle Up Hope Way” and love what they do. Each of them has excellent equine skills and experience, but more importantly, they each have a remarkable ability to love and affirm the girls. They are “girl builders” and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of the young women they serve.

Equestrian experiences are scheduled Monday through Saturday at our location in Alpine, Utah and are flexible according to the scheduling needs of the girls and our instructors. Girls are able to choose between English or Western riding. Safety is our first concern and so all girls are required to wear helmets (provided by Bridle Up Hope) and closed-toe shoes, preferably riding boots. Because our program builds upon itself weekly, it is vital that each girl is committed to starting and completing the 13-equestrian experience program and does not miss any equestrian experiences unless it’s an emergency or due to illness. At the start of the program, all riders will receive a Bridle Up Hope t-shirt, bag, water bottle, framed 7 Habits for Equestrians handout, and the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by co-founder Sean Covey.

In addition to our 1-hour equestrian experience per week, girls are required to volunteer 1 hour a week at the barn. Our volunteer winter hours (September – May) are Monday – Friday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 9:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday.

After completing our 13-equestrian experiences program, riders will attend a fun and engaging ‘Taking the Reins’ Advancement Ceremony where they can celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends. Each rider will be recognized, one-by-one, and will receive a gift basket.

You can apply for your daughter or she can apply for herself. We would love to have your daughter become part of the Bridle Up Hope family!

 

The 7 Habits for Equestrians:

  1. Habit 1: Be Proactive
    Take charge of your horse. Take charge of your life.
  2. Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
    Have a plan for your ride. Have a plan for your life.
  3. Habit 3: Put First Things First
    Prepare before your ride. Work before you play.
  4. Habit 4: Think Win-Win
    Remember your horse’s needs and your own.
    Remember, everyone can win.
  5. Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood
    Listen to your horse first. Listen before you talk.
  6. Habit 6: Synergize
    Become one with your horse. Work well with others.
  7. Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
    Nurture your horse. Nurture yourself: body, heart, mind, and soul.
  8. Plus The 8th Habit:
    Find your Voice and Help Others to Find Theirs
    Once you’ve learned to ride, help others learn to ride.