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Stories in

the Stable

What better way to encourage your child to enjoy reading than by having them read to a horse?

Why read to horses? Horses provide kids with a nonjudgmental environment so they can just sit back and enjoy reading out loud to them. Children then associate a positive experience they have reading to our horses, which reinforces that reading can be a fun and interactive experience. Talking to our horses about what they are reading also enhances their social skills.

Bring your own book, or borrow one of ours.

Please register each child participating as space is limited.

We aim to provide this program free of cost for all of our readers.
We rely on our amazing volunteers and generous donations from our community to keep this program going.

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Giving a child the chance to step outside of the classroom setting and into a barn filled with horses creates a new and exciting learning space, stimulating the imagination.



Recognizing that the horses enjoying being read to creates an enthusiasm in the child and encourages them to want to read more, building a strong foundation for more motivation.

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Many children avoid reading because they're afraid of making mistakes. Horses  provide the child with a judgement free and safe space to read with confidence.

Please register each child participating
as space is limited.

Please take a moment to read through the new guidelines we have created as we strive to improve on this program and make it more enjoyable and beneficial for our readers.

  • We want to provide our readers with a quiet, stress-free, reading zone as much as possible.

  • We ask that all visitors in the stable respect the reading space of others present and keep volume levels akin to those in a library.

  • To assist in achieving this, we are providing coffee and tea for accompanying adults in the farmhouse office.

  • There will always be 2-3 Bella Terra volunteers present in the stable to welcome children and help them with reading if they want it, as well as monitor safety.

  • If your child feels more comfortable with you present, you are, of course, welcome to stay with them in the stable.


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