PonyTales - Reading with… | Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue & Sanctuary

PonyTales - Reading with Rescues

Let's read! 

Gentle Spirit Horses Rescue is excited to offer a brand new program for local youth: introducing Pony Tales, a Reading with Rescues program. Did you know that 31% of South Dakota's 4th grade students failed to test at a basic level in reading in 2019? Additionally, 43% of adults with low literacy scores live in poverty.  

Students from Kindergarten to 8th grade are invited to the rescue, located between Scotland and Tyndall, SD, to read to a pony, donkey, or horse for approximately 30 minutes. Students can bring their own book or chose one from our donated library.

After reading, the student will be allowed approximately 15 minutes to groom, pet, and generally hang out with their reading partner. Questions are encouraged! 


Session Details

Each session will take place on Monday evenings from March through November from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 12 students, and a parent or guardian must be present for every four children. A short review of farm rules, safety and expectations will start each session, followed by approximately 30 minutes of reading and 15 minutes of horse petting/grooming. Children should wear closed-toed shoes.

A $5 donation per child is appreciated but not required.

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Community Groups

Are you a member of a community group that would like to learn more about our organization and read to the horses? We would be happy to work with you to set up your own session. Please use our contact form to get in touch!