What We Do
Detroit Horse Power partners youth with horses to build critical social-emotional skills.
Since 2015, DHP has brought hundreds of Detroit youth to partner horse barns outside the city for free summer horse camps and an after-school program. These programs teach riding, horse care, and the social-emotional skills we learn from partnering with horses - Perseverance, Empathy, Responsible risk-taking, Confidence, Self-control (PERCS). The program’s goal is for vulnerable children to build these critical skills through the unique opportunity to work with horses in a way that broadens their horizons and increases their success in school and in life.
Since its inception, Detroit Horse Power has also been searching for the right vacant land site within Detroit’s city limits to build an urban equestrian center. This future facility will increase the scale and accessibility of Detroit Horse Power’s youth impact program and strengthen the Detroit neighborhoods where students grow up. In October 2019, DHP reached an agreement with the Detroit Public Schools Community District and is now track to open this transformational new facility on a 14-acre demolished school site by 2024.