1. Exists to teach youth the basics of Horsemanship. 2. The importance of having a strong work ethic. 3. The love of Jesus Christ. 4. Children are encouraged to be themselves and to interact and work with horses. 5. Serves all children and adults from seven years old and up. Whether the child has emotional, mental, or physical disadvantages, or simply desired to have access to a horse, they are welcome at Heartland Youth Ranch. 6. Our focus is not to train expert riders, but is really about letting children enjoy the human-horse relationship by learning the responsibilities of caring for a horse, doing ranch chores, and having fun. 7. We believe that horses enrich our lives and can instill characteristics such as self-confidence, empowerment, leadership, faith, and trust. 8. A horse's unconditional love looks past all of our faults and shortcomings. Horses don't judge you and will love you no matter who you are or where you come from.