Stallion Strides is an equine-based character education program for students in grades First through Fifth at Horseshoe Trails Elementary in the Cave Creek School District. Sixth grade students have the opportunity to volunteer as mentors for their younger peers.
Working with horses allows students to interact in an environment that is very different from the classroom. Stallion Strides supports the school's Stallion Strong goals of strong character, strong work ethic, and strong relationships. We value students' social and emotional well-being as important aspects of the growth and development of the whole child.
Horses look to us for safety and leadership through non-verbal communication. Students learn how body language and voice inflection can affect how a horse responds. This mindful attention can create confidence and strengthen relationship building skills in children that carry over to other areas of their lives.
Stallion Strides is modeled after our TRRFCC Horsemanship Character Program. “TRRFCC” stands for Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Our mission is to provide all students the opportunity to strengthen character through a hands-on equine experience by creating a positive and safe environment that promotes sensitivity, confidence, and independence in students through communication with horses. All work with horses is done on the ground - there is no riding in this program.