At Charis Youth Ranch, the programs we offer are designed to connect kids and young adults from all walks of life with our horses. While such connections may seem simple, they open the door to dynamic personal growth and change. A horse has a way of breaking down barriers and bringing out confidence, trust and self-awareness among other strengths and abilities. Horses convey acceptance and honesty. To build relationship, they require positive communication and respect. These traits are so needed, especially in the life of a youth who struggles with anxiety, depression or trauma. Horses open a pathway to healing that sometimes traditional therapy and counseling cannot. Each of our horses is unique and has a story, just like the kids we serve. An important part of connecting with the horses is knowing their stories of rescue and redemption. We believe that telling their stories can often be like holding up a mirror to a broken or hurting youth. Knowing that we consider a broken, unwanted horse worth saving is a powerful statement to a youth struggling with self-worth.