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Horse Powered Reading

Discover a new, exciting outdoor experience partnered with horses and ponies, learning and practicing literacy skills! Through highly engaging and active outdoor lessons, students strengthen core academic and life skills with their four-legged buddies. Confidence soars as they have adventures in learning while building relationships and strengthening communication skills.


Horse Powered Reading® (HPR) is reading program that provides a great resource combining equine-assisted learning with evidence-based reading strategies that engage the mind, body and emotions in learning. No previous horse experience is needed.  Sessions are tailored to the student's individual reading and writing needs.

HPR helps students acquire skills necessary to overcome struggles in the classroom, by gaining confidence, life skills, problems solving solutions.  Through use of games, props and obstacles, it provides a unique setting for students and horses to become partners.  Students works through obstacles accompanied by the horse, also known as a “reading buddy,” during the sessions.  Due the nature of the program, utilizing movement, horse connection, social emotional learning and academics, students are fully engaged, having fun and they don't realize they are learning!

The HPR program focuses on the following skills:

  • Decoding - building phonics skills and sight word recognition

  • Vocabulary enhancement

  • Fluency development - reading quickly, accurately and with expression

  • Overcome barriers blocking comprehension

  • Practice study skills

  • Comprehend textbooks

  • Learn new, unfamiliar, and multi-syllable words

  • Achieve higher order thinking

  • Use critical and creative thinking

  • Building confidence, persistence, perseverance and patience

  • Learning self-advocacy skills (ask for help, “read” the horse, bonding)

Memory Lane Farm's trained and certified HPR Facilitators provide learners a safe and fun environment, utilizing the wonders of the farm, nature, and connection with horses and other farm animals.

Our HPR programs include the following activities.  Please complete the application below.


  • Individual and Small Group Sessions
    Geared for youth in grades K-12 over 6-8 weekly sessions. Personalized sessions are formed around individual needs to support personal and classroom learning. Cost: $60/session
    Registration Form Link
    * Scholarships may be available upon request.


  • Wild Wild West Reading Rodeo (Elementary School)
    Young readers are engaged through hands-on learning activities in a small group setting during this fun, engaging reading program! Using elements of Horse Powered Reading®, participants will be introduced to problem solving skills and build literacy confidence, appropriate for their age level. Limited spots available per grade level.


Program Options (Grade Entering Fall 2023):

1st/2nd Grades
Tuesday - Thursday, June 6, 7, 8

9:00 AM -11:30 AM

Cost: $112


3rd/4th Grade

Tuesday - Thursday, June 20, 21, 22

4:30 PM -7:00 PM

Cost: $112


5th/6th Grade

Tuesday - Thursday, July 11, 12, 13

4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Cost: $112

Registration Form Link
Scholarships may be available upon request.

  • Broncos Book Club (Middle School)
    Join this 6 week gathering for middle schoolers, focusing on a horse book, comprehension and discussion in a non-pressured environment. Note: Students are asked to read assigned chapters outside of meeting times so that engaging activities can be facilitated during sessions on the farm. 
    Broncos & Book Club will meet over 6 sessions: Mondays from 4 pm - 6 pm  June 5 - July 17
    Cost: $60/6 week group session
    Registration Form Link
    Scholarships may be available upon request.


  • Wild West Learning Field Trips
    School groups/home schoolers are welcome to experience the power of Horse Powered Reading at the farm with games and activities created to support their classroom curriculum. Wild West Reading themed Field Trips are modified for student age, class size, and learning abilities.
    Registration Form Link

    Scholarships may be available upon request.

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