Frequently Asked Questions

Here's some answers to questions we get asked most often here at LEAD with Horses.


What does the name LEAD mean?
LEAD stands for Leadership, Education, and Active Development.

Where are you located?
LEAD is located just south of Reno, Nevada at 19440 Annie Lane.

Can I drop by and see what you do?
We are happy to show you around. However, for the privacy of our clients, please make an appointment to see the facility.

Do you offer private sessions?
Yes! In addition to our group programs, private sessions are available. LEAD with Horses staff work with you, your child, teachers &/or therapists to determine the best approach for your child and to design a program to address each individual’s unique needs and learning style.

How much does it cost to participate?
The fees vary per program. Individual sessions are priced on a sliding scale, and partial and full scholarships are available for group offerings. No one is turned away from a program because of inability to pay.

How old does my child have to be to participate?
Children must be at least five years of age to participate. There is no maximum age limit, although we do specialize in serving children and youth (5-24 yrs).


Who are “typical” LEAD with Horses students?
LEAD with Horses students span from 5 to 24 years of age and have diverse backgrounds. Students participate in a range of offerings from intensive private sessions to fun and informational general horsemanship camps. LEAD with Horses specializes in working with teens, individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder, and children and adolescents with behavioral or emotional challenges.

How can my child benefit from your programs?
Activities can assist with development of a variety of skills from communication to emotional regulation to problem solving! Horse programs can be particularly beneficial for kids struggling in traditional educational or therapeutic environments.  Each program has a different emphasis, and customized private sessions focus on the individual needs of the client.
See a list of potential benefits here. A study on mindfulness and horses or one on stress reduction in teens.  Or ask us about research studies for specific populations!

Can someone benefit even if they are afraid of horses or don’t have horse experience?
Absolutely! Sometimes fear can help break through barriers and lead to important insights. LEAD with Horses provides a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their unique experience. No prior knowledge of horses and/or horsemanship is necessary.

Is this a therapeutic riding or hippotherapy?
No. The activities at LEAD with Horses are ground based; most programs do not involve horseback riding. The focus is on positive skill development and mental health and programs are not intended to be occupational or physical therapy.

If it is not therapeutic riding, then what is it?
LEAD with Horses offers Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). This experiential approach uses horses as co-facilitators in the educational and therapeutic process. Participants actively engage in and reflect upon hands-on activities with horses.
For more details read about What We Do or the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) definition of EAL and EAP

Do we get to ride horses?
Most activities occur on the ground and most programs do not involve riding. Riding is incorporated when it is in the best interest of the individual student or is specifically part of an offering (e.g. Happy Horsemanship camp).

The organization

Does your staff have any special training?
Yes! The instructors at LEAD with Horses are highly trained. They have relevant education and training in their respective professions and are also certified to facilitate equine assisted activities. All staff are also trained in horse behavior. Continuing education and training are an ongoing part of our educational process.
See our staff bio page for more info

Do the horses have special training?
Yes and no. All of the horses at LEAD with Horses must pass a safety and suitability assessment. Our horses are managed and trained with a natural horsemanship approach. However, our horses do their best work when they simply act like horses! Horses’ natural instincts and abilities are the reason this is such an amazing and effective approach.
See Why Horses for more.

Do you work with others in the community?
Definitely! Therapists and counselors refer students to LEAD with Horses and we work closely with them to support their efforts. LEAD with Horses also partners with other organizations that serve children and youth. We believe collaboration enriches all of our efforts and welcome new inquiries!

Is LEAD with Horses nonprofit?

Can I help?
Absolutely! LEAD with Horses relies on the generosity of our community to provide our programs. Give a financial donation or volunteer your time to provide opportunities for kids to explore, attain, and reach beyond their potential.
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How can I learn more about LEAD with Horses?
Call 775-223-5181, email info@leadwithhorses.com, use this contact form, or explore the website.


Do you have other questions that are not addressed here? Contact us and let us know! We will do our best to answer them.