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Whether a child’s literacy challenges are due to a need for a more individualized way of learning, or due to the impact of a mental health concern such as trauma, ADHD, anxiety or depression, the Rising Readers program offers a unique opportunity that harnesses the power of horses. The demands of the modern classroom don’t always allow time for those who could benefit from extra attention or an alternative way of learning. Falling through the cracks is an all too often occurrence – but there are solutions! 


Rising Readers is an 8-week, equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning program designed to improve literacy skills through the use of horses and guided activities. This experiential approach to literacy combines social and emotional learning with academics by giving students the opportunity to expand their knowledge as well as identify their own barriers to reading and comprehension. 


The Rising Readers name symbolizes Rise Canyon Ranch’s offering of a transformative experience for children in a shame-free, get-out-and-do-it, activity-based environment. We acknowledge that no two children are alike; therefore, each child’s needs are assessed and a personalized curriculum is designed and implemented. Reading offers an ever-expanding world of opportunity to children and our staff aim to help each child manifest that in their lives.

Weekly sessions may focus on topics such as:

  • Syllabication rules

  • Motivation

  • Self-efficacy

  • Persistence

  • Confidence

  • Comprehension

  • Fluency

  • Decoding

  • Vocabulary

  • Word recognition

  • Phonics generalization

Please submit the form below to inquire about our Rising Readers program and we will contact you, usually within 48 hours.


Thank you for your interest in our Rising Readers program. We will be contacting you shortly.

For more information regarding professional training and certification, please contact Dr. Michele Pickel at


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