The program consists of 10 – 90 Minute sessions over a twelve week period.
There are sessions in the spring and the fall.
Who needs a completed release form to be on ranch grounds?
Everyone! Because of the unpredictable nature of horses and ranch life, you and each person you bring is required to have our current release form on file or completed first thing on arrival. This includes parents/family members who will be on the property but not involved in the program. Anyone who does not have a current/complete release form cannot be allowed involvement in our activities and programs.
Do I need to stay on the property during my child’s session?
Yes. Though parents are free to rest in the community building, or stay in their car in the parking lot, we require that parents stay on the property during their child’s session. Though we request that you be on the property during your child’s sessions, we understand that you may be out of sight from the courtyard area if you have gone to wait in your car in the parking lot. In this circumstance, we ask that you please let the office staff know so we can locate you quickly in case of an emergency. It is also helpful to let your child know where you are as well.
Will my child ride during his or her session?
For most sessions, your child will not ride. According to your mentor’s discretion or the child’s wishes, they may take part in any number of alternate activities during their session. Although we aspire to help your child become a safe rider who understands and cares for horses, our main goal is not to produce “accomplished” riders. If this is your hope, we would recommend scheduling your child for riding lessons at a traditional stable.
What should my child wear to lessons?
The spring can be hot and humid. In the fall, layers are a good idea for rapid weather changes. Boots or closed shoes/sneakers are required. No flip-flops are allowed. Please remember to bring water and sunscreen.
What happens if something comes up and we cannot make it to a session?
We would appreciate a call at least 3 days in advance to allow us enough time to give another child from our waiting list an opportunity to adjust their schedule for that appointment. However, we understand unexpected schedule changes do occur last minute. If this is the case, please call the office as soon as possible.
Can I bring my children’s friends to the ranch to play and watch while my child rides?
At this time, we require that you only bring your child and their siblings. We do not have the ability to watch over extra children while your child is in session.
What kinds of children does HHYR serve?
Healing Hands Youth Ranch serves all children between the ages of 10-teen and 18. Being a teenager in this day and age is tough enough. We try to bring hope to the spirit of wounded kids to believe they too can have hope for the future.
What do you charge for a child to attend the program at HHYR?
Our mentoring program is $600 per 10 week session. However, we do have a sponsorship program to help with the cost. We do not want to turn anyone away because they cannot afford it.
Can we visit the ranch?
We would love to have you out to the ranch even if it is just for a visit. We are open to the public by appointment only. Please feel free to call our office at (404) 662-6898 to schedule a tour, if you are ever going to be in our neck of the woods.
Does the ranch ever close?
HHYR maintains normal business hours through the year.
Is HHYR a residential facility?
At this time HHYR is a day-use facility only. This means those who use the ranch visit it during the day but are not housed here.
Is Healing Hands Youth Ranch a religious organization?
No. The ranch is not associated with any particular religious congregation. HHYR is a faith-based organization. The ranch was founded on the same Judeo-Christian values that our nation was built upon. Faith on the ranch is “lived” not “preached.” The Founders and Board of Directors all believe in God and the saving grace of His Son Jesus Christ. It is our greatest desire to serve God by the demonstration of our faith through action by our love for Him and the support of families. It is our highest honor to serve children and families of all backgrounds.