EQUI-KIDS partners with Virginia Beach City Public Schools through our School Partnership Program (SPP) allowing our instructors to collaborate with special needs teachers to enforce classroom curriculum goals. Special needs classrooms from local elementary, middle, or high schools (on a rotating basis) spend one morning a week at our facility in a hands-on learning environment. Participants receive therapeutic horseback riding lessons, do ground work in the barn, grooming and caring for the horses, and spend time in our classroom helping tie their farm-based experiences and concepts to their traditional classroom curriculum.
The primary goal of the SPP is to enhance students’ education and life skills through the use of horses and our farm while exposing children to an alternative learning environment. It is a unique program to which many of the students may not otherwise have exposure.