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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.


  • Small Group Sessions
    Geared for youth in grades K-6 over 8 weekly sessions. Personalized sessions are formed around individual needs to support personal and classroom learning. Cost: $35/60 min session($280 for 8 weeks)
    Registration Form Link
    * Scholarships may be available upon request.

  • Broncos & Book Club - Middle School Small Group

Join this 8 week gathering for students entering 7th and 8th grade, focusing on an age-appropriate novel, comprehension and discussion in a non-pressured environment. This small group reading enrichment activity will both challenge and encourage young learners to build confidence in their own ideas and build a love for reading. Sessions may include book review, discussion, and literacy games or projects that will relate to the novel. Note: Students are asked to read assigned chapters outside of meeting times so that engaging activities can be facilitated during sessions on the farm. Cost: $35/60 min session($280 for 8 weeks)


Fall 2023 Session Opportunity

Mondays - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Week 1: September 11th

Week 2: September 18th

Week 3: September 25th

Week 4: October 2nd

Week 5: October 9th

Week 6: October 16th 

Week 7: October 23rd 

Week 8: October 30th

Registration Form Link

* Scholarships may be available upon request.

  • Wild Wild West Reading Rodeo
    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.


  • Wild West Learning Field Trip
    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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