Grit & Grace Ranch's Dream Makers program serves Jefferson County, MO teen girls by harnessing the power of horses to teach them essential life skills.
Caring for animals, especially animals as large as horses, takes a lot of responsibility. Dream Makers learn to care for the horses in all aspects, from feeding, health checks, exercising, and grooming, to cleaning tack and scooping manure. They learn every aspect of horse care and handling and are responsible for executing it during their time at the ranch.
Running a ranch takes an incredible amount of teamwork. To complete their work and make sure the horses are cared for the Dream Makers have to come together on things like time management, planning, communication, and initiative.
To get a 1000 pound animal to do what you're asking you have to become a good leader. The horse has to fully trust you to lead them. To establish that leadership you have to carry yourself with confidence and believe in yourself. Those leadership skills flow out from the arena and into the girls' lives as they traverse through the world.
All of our Dream Makers take horsemanship lessons, both on the ground and in the saddle. These lessons teach them perseverance and grit. Handling and riding horses is hard and humbling. The Dream Makers learn to literally and figuratively get back in the saddle after each setback.
Working at a ranch is HARD work. The Dream Makers work in the cold, in the heat, and in the rain. The horses have to be cared for every single day of the year. Dream Makers learn to show up and put in the work, even when they don't want to.
We believe, and have seen firsthand, that there's nothing more confidence building for a young girl than learning to lead and become partners with a horse. Confident young girls make good decisions, don't easily stray from their values, speak up for themselves, and quite frankly, go on to change the world.