Urban Equestrian Program

Works against community trauma

  • Controlling stress during the teen years is important. Not only is it a critical time for brain development but high stress during adolescence also has been linked to mental health and behavioral problems.

Importance of year-round activities

  • Trauma reducing after-school and summer activities provide safe spaces for children to learn conflict resolution and important social-emotional skills

Consent decree by Department of Justice

  • LUCK programming satisfies the youth component of DoJ decree while students work directly with officers

Economic impact

  • Students make social and career based connections, as well as learning trade skills and creating valuable character traits.

Established Urban Equestrian Programs:

  • Compton Jr. Posse, Los Angeles, CA
  • City Ranch Inc., Baltimore, MD
  • Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, Philadelphia, PA
  • Detroit Horsepower, Detroit, MI
  • More!

Further Reading:

  • “The equestrians of North Philly”, Emily Anne Epstein, The Atlantic, 2017
  • “Detroit Horse Power: Urban Horsemanship Provides a Proven Tool for Changing Lives”, Nancy Kotting, Huffington Post, 2016
  • “Compton Jr Posse students pick horses over gangs”, Alex Michaelson, abc7.com, 2015
  • “Compton Jr Posse Fights Gang Membership on Horseback”, Caleigh Wells, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, 2018
  • “The Wire meets the Wild West: Urban cowboys tackle gang violence and drugs of inner-city America”, James Nye, dailymail.co.uk, 2012
  • “Working with horses reduces stress hormones in young people”, Katy Muldoon, The Oregonian, 2014
  • “Human-Animal Interaction and Metaphor in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Empirical Support for the EAGALA Model”, Angela K. Fournier, Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin, 2018