Pyatyorka Orphanage Riding Program

Horses and Kids in Yaroslavl

A cold wind blew down the Volga River as we crossed the new bridge heading north out of Yaroslavl. The van was filled with kids from the Pyatyorka Orphanage and they were excited to introduce us to their four legged friends across the river. One year had passed since we helped initiate the Russian-American Horse Healing Project and we were eager to see first hand the results. From working with horses and local youth here on our farm in Maine, we knew that young people could find new ways of expressing their feelings through brushing, walking or riding a horse. As we watched the kids from the orphanage work thru their routines with their teacter and fellow students, we were excited to see that horses were again taking the lead in helping young people navigate the path to adulthood.