Horses Help Heal the Hurt

“Thank you for the horse riding! It helped me forget about my parents”
…Hearts ~Rodrigo

“When I rode the horse all the problems went away because I was having so much
fun. The horses are really sweet and calm”

“I want to go again my favorite horse is Rocky. I want to go again. I learned a
lot of stuff I had a good time” ~Alex

About Us

For twenty years we have been successfully organizing and creating summer horse camps for at risk children, working with other local agencies to provide a uniquely healing and transformational experience for hundreds of these children.

We are a non profit organization that since 1998 has been dedicated to combining the healing power of horses and the kindness of strangers to help our most vulnerable children. More recently, we have added after school EFL (Equine Facilitated Learning) programs for these same children.

Summer Horse Camps

The children we serve need your help. They are part of our community, but their hurt is often not seen. The kindness of strangers and the connection with a horse, help heal the hurt.

Summer horse camps are a collaborative event, reflecting the long-standing commitment of three Santa Barbara organizations to provide at-risk children with opportunities they otherwise might not have.

The Santa Barbara Youth Project partners with local, well-established, and respected organizations such as C.A.L.M., Hearts Therapeutic Riding, Fighting Back and MISC in serving the community.

The Santa Barbara Youth Project has been designated by the IRS as a non-profit organization. We are supported entirely by donations from the general public and private foundations. We’ve always collaborated with other non-profit agencies.

These appreciations came from the children from CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Mediation) who attended our summer session at the Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program. Three Non-Profit organizations coming together to help at-risk children.

Thank you for accepting me in the horse ride and to the lady and man that were showing us everything. Thanks for showing us all the rules and also for letting us know how to use a horse. I liked it there too much ‘cause it was fun and the best part I liked was when I first got on a horse. I just liked it. It was the best time, spending the time with you guys. I’m happy ‘cause finally my dream came true of seeing a horse. Thanks to you guys and the lady for showing us good rules to learn. Everyone was so kind. Now I’m going to know how to talk to a horse when I have one.





1531 Chapala Street Suite 2 Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Barbara Youth Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit