Youth Programs

 Youth Program: Our curriculum provides youth with opportunities of discovery, participation, empowerment, and healing.

  • Summer day adventures for community youth

Each program includes riding lessons, nature activities, and the chance for kids to share meaningful interactions with horses, equine professionals, and their peers.

Youth Nature Discovery Program: builds knowledge and awareness of the natural wonders embodied at Horse of the Sun Ranch including Pine Creek that runs through it, our livestock, our organic garden and the miles of surrounding hiking trails.

Scheduling includes:

  • Summer week day adventures
  • Routinely scheduled youth group opportunities

Ages (subject to instructor assessment)

Cowboy Academies

Cowboy Academies are routinely scheduled throughout the year. Each is tailored for individuals or small groups (of various ages and levels of knowledge of horses and horsemanship based on enrollment. Events are offered as custom programs. Extended programs are also available.

Program objectives include developing and improving cowboy skills in a manner that embraces both the teachings of Vaquero traditions with a unique approach to horsemanship . Academies may be designed for youth groups, adult groups and family groups.

Mini-Clinics on Horsemanship

We provide custom and small group lessons to improve your riding skills.



Outdoor Adventures

Our location at the foothills of the Cuyamaca Mountains is a Mecca for experiencing some of the most spectacular natural surroundings that Southern California has to offer. In addition to our extensive equine-related offerings, we offer our facility as a gateway to exploring a world that is sure to bring a sense of peace and strength to even the most troubled souls.

Programming includes

  • Organic gardening
  • Nature hikes
  • Archery
  • Nature sketching, painting, photography
  • Routinely scheduled speakers
  • Special events designed to build future stewards to the natural world

In addition, our ranch is a ideally situated as a base camp for a variety of group activities such as:

  • Road cycling
  • Extended runs (road and trail)
  • Hiking

Please contact us to discuss how we might make Horse of the Sun Ranch facilities available to your group for a custom event.

(NOTE: Horse of the Sun Ranch does not provide or arrange for any equipment for non-equestrian events such as those listed above.)

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