THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK MUSTANG TROOP
The Kentucky Horse Park Mustang Troop, in existence for over 25 years, serves at-risk youth from the Central Kentucky community by inviting them to a summer horse camp experience held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. The horse camp, offered completely free of charge, includes riding lessons and personal development activities, daily transportation, lunch and snacks, riding apparel, and mementos to take home.
Mustang Troop participants are each paired with a partner and a horse, and they are given access to quality riding instruction and equine education and care, while building their own sense of self-esteem and personal responsibility. The KHPF and Kentucky Horse Park make every effort to nurture and continue the relationships formed during the summer camp experience. Mustang Troop participants are invited to attend holiday events throughout the year with their families, including Hats Off Day, Southern Lights Holiday Festival, and Halloween Camp-Outs.
The Mustang Troop seeks to give participants the opportunity to build lifelong coping skills, develop self-confidence, set boundaries, and balance teamwork and independence through the channels of horsemanship and riding.
The Mustang Troop also seeks to expose individuals to opportunities in the horse industry that they would otherwise not have been aware of. For many participants, their involvement in Mustang Troop represents not only their first visit to the Kentucky Horse Park, but also their first time being near in a horse.