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In the natural surroundings of Firestone, Colorado, young riders mount their steeds. It's here at Embracing Horses where they're about to participate in group lessons and familiarize themselves with their gentle animals. For the past 20 years, this skills-based initiative has been introducing youth to the gentle equine nature while teaching safe horsemanship skills to all levels of riders. A program of the nonprofit organization Children's Farms of America—which establishes urban farms for city kids—Embracing Horses introduces children to grooming, tacking, handling, and riding horses. Learning how to care for and commune with the horses gives the kids a link to another living being and a sense of personal responsibility, which becomes evident in their ease atop the saddle. Lessons are also available for adults.