From angry, inconsiderate, entitled, manipulative teenagers with poor attitudes to appreciative and respectful young men…these are the issues that are addressed and changed at Ashcreek Ranch Academy, which is one of the top programs for troubled teens.
The Ranch provides hands-on opportunities to develop one’s character and integrity. Imagine a son who is honest and does the right thing even when no one is looking, is respectful in his objections when he disagrees, and ultimately understands that you are the parent and the one in charge.
Ashcreek Ranch Academy teaches students about hard work and how to improve communication. This doesn’t just happen in a classroom or on a couch in group therapy. Rather, learning and reinforcing respect is a part of every aspect of our day.
Our students spend a significant amount of time at the ranch and with our horses, typically about 20 – 25 hours per week. Our goal is not to create ranchers or cowboys (although students often find incredible value and comfort in this environment). We use the ranch and our work with horses to show students about working hard, being responsible, and showing respect in words and with non-verbal communication.
A horse doesn’t care about a person’s challenges before working with them that day, but a horse will read a person’s body language, tone, volume, and eye contact. The horse will respond accordingly, perhaps better than any other animal or human would. In our equine therapy ranch setting, our students learn that when they give respect to the horse, the horse gives it back to them by doing and performing as the respectful person asks.
This respect learned at the ranch is transferable to all other aspects of life. This is the value of our ranch and work with horses. This is the value of Ashcreek Ranch Academy.