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Dare to Dream Youth Ranch

Last Update:10/30/2017
Address:6020 W. Wallen Road
Ft. Wayne, IN 46818
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Encourage the child, heal the horses, strengthen the family, and share the message of hope.
Program Description
We provide children ages 4 to 18yrs a Ranch experience. During your child’s time at the Ranch, the Session Leader will pair her or him up with one of our trained Leaders and they will work together the entire visit. We have a “Boot Barn” where they can borrow a pair of boots for their session if needed. We start with a barn chore, chosen by the Session Leader, which will include one or more of the following: cleaning stalls, paddocks, sweeping the barn, cleaning water troughs, pulling weeds or watering flowers, etc. then your child’s Leader will instruct and work with your child showing them how to properly groom and saddle the horse and your child to be properly fitted with a riding helmet. Once our entire group is ready, we walk with our horses to the outdoor arena. There we play games lead by the Session Leader. Your child’s Leader will be leading the horse for the duration of the time in the arena. Just before the session ends, we will dismount and walk back to un-tack the horses, brush them and your child and Leader will return and properly store their equipment.

A ranch experience such as this requires dozens of hours of staff labor, training, coordination horse preparation and other details that when added together, would cost of hundreds of dollars per hour in operation—something we ask our parents to consider as their child experiences this special time here. At Dare To Dream Youth Ranch, we do not charge for our services. We are a tax deductible, non-profit 501 c3 organization with no paid staff or Board Members. Donations are always welcome! Sessions are scheduled by appointment only. We also have a cancellation list to which you can request to be added. We may notify you an hour before the session of a cancellation. If you are on the schedule for a session and must cancel, please give a 2 hour notice before Sessions start. Sessions will not be cancelled due to rain. Activities will be inside barn. If you are a no show, we will try to contact you once more. If you are unable to be reached or unable to return our call within the week, we must move to the next child/family waiting on the list.

If you have a group, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Youth Group, work day and are interested in scheduling a visit to the Ranch, Please call Dare To Dream Youth Ranch at 260-489-3859. We also provide Community Service hours for youth 18 years and younger during designated hours.
Recreation (General)/Sports/Aquatics
Therapeutic Horseback Riding/Hippotherapy
Counties Serviced
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