Lessons From the Heart


Mission Acres is pleased to offer a unique equine journey for children from ages 4 and up. The program focuses on safety in an environment that is grounded in respect, encouragement, and fun.


The passion for this program evolved from the desire to equip children with knowledge, skill, and most importantly awareness in their horsemanship journey.  Our goal is that every time your child meets with “their” horse, they will be a little more equipped than the time before! Slowing down the journey to ensure your child has the knowledge and skill that creates an environment of safety “on the ground” and “in the saddle” is our highest priority.


Your child will learn the “language of the horse” through exercises and care of the horse. This is crucial for staying safe and is the foundation for building a relationship with the horse.  Throughout the program your child’s confidence and leadership will be enhanced as they gain knowledge and skill. They will also learn to become responsible care givers.  

“Lessons from the Heart” focuses on the following:

  • Barn etiquette – At Mission Acres our motto is "SPREAD KINDNESS WHEREVER YOU GO". We strive everyday to live in a way that is kind, respectful, and encouraging. This is the foundation of Mission Acres and is taught in all our programs.

  • Boundary setting – This enhances your child’s safety around the horse and promotes a healthy relationship between your child and the horse.

  • Tools – Becoming “handy” with the stick and string, flags, noodles, and other devices that enhance and support communication with the horse in a respectful and safe manner.

  • Care – Grooming and feeding the horses, as well as “lovin” on them! This is an amazing time of connection and enjoyed by both the four legged and two legged critters!”


“Lessons from the Heart” equips your child with the groundwork skills that promote safety when working with horses. The safer your child is, the more fun learning becomes. The skills your child develops “on the ground” will ALL apply to the work they do “in the saddle”; so, if your child wants to continue in their horsemanship journey, we have highly skilled trainers to have them realize that dream.

Program Cost:

Option 1: Monthly membership

Cost:  $250 plus GST/month

This provides your child with a 1.0-hour session once a week with a member of our training team and a horse.


Option 2: Drop-in session (based on availability)

Cost: $62.50 GST/session

This provides your child with a 1.0-hour session with a member of our training team and a horse. Note, this only involves “on-ground” training.

Optional Add-On Sessions:

Additional sessions (based on availability) – $62.50 plus GST/session


Activities – Your child will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as a cooking class where they make healthy horse snacks, S’more nights by the campfire, obstacle course events, activity nights, etc. Registration information for these activities will be sent to parents in advance.

Registration Form and Initial Payment:

Submit the registration form to Darlene Rochow at info@missionacres.ca. Upon signing the registration form, the billing party is agreeing to all costs. An invoice will be produced, and payment must be received via e-transfer within 24 hours of receiving the invoice to reserve your child’s spot. You are required to provide your credit card number which will be kept on file and any outstanding payments will be automatically billed to your credit card.


Subsequent Payment:

Invoices for the program are due on or before the first day of the month. If terminating the program, you must provide 30 days written notice prior to the next billing cycle, or you will be charged for the following month. 



Upon receipt of the registration form you will be sent additional forms that need to be completed prior to the commencement of the program.


Refund & Cancellation Policy:

All fees associated with the program are non-refundable unless Mission Acres cancels a session due to a trainer being ill or on holidays. 


Wait List

We have limited enrollment in our programs. If a program is full, your child will be placed on a wait list and prioritized according to the date the registration form was received. You will be contacted as soon as an opening becomes available, and the spot(s) will be secured at the time that payment is received.


We are excited to have you and your child join our community! There is so much fun to be had and we are eager to be able to bring children together in an environment that fosters learning, fun, and encouragement. We value the children at Mission Acres and our furry four-legged animals!  


  • Helmets are to be worn by children at all times, both on the ground and in saddle. Safety vests are to be worn when in saddle. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult when leading any horse on the property of Mission Acres and when fetching horses in the paddocks and fields or pens. Teaching the safety surrounding catching and releasing horse is part of the lesson time. Once a child is deemed independent, they are still required to have an adult with them if they are a minor. No exceptions permitted.  All families must submit waivers for both themselves and their children while on Mission Acres property. Please visit our website at www.missionacres.ca and familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures. 


  • You will be included on our community email contact list for upcoming events and for any communication that is deemed appropriate.


  • You will be asked to fill out forms in advance of your first session. This will include a questionnaire, your child’s goals, and waivers. 


  • We also recommend that you become an AEF (Alberta Equestrian Federation) member if you are not already one. By doing so you will be eligible for various funding opportunities, participation in equine programs and automatic equine insurance. For more information, please click the following link Home - Alberta Equestrian Federation .


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