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The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Majestic Hills Ranch Foundation



Majestic Hills Ranch Foundation
24580 Dakota Avenue
Lakeville MN 55044
952-426-5688

Tax ID/EIN: 91-1839509
Year Founded: 1997
Last Updated 2017-02-27

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Majestic Hills Ranch (MHR) provides to children and young adults with special needs the opportunity to achieve a sense of freedom, accomplishment, and self-esteem while giving their families hope through low cost therapeutic horseback riding. MHR also offers pro-bono therapeutic riding and equine assisted therapy to Veterans in rehabilitation.

Horse-related programs:
Majestic Hills Ranch provides therapeutic horseback riding and activities to children and young adults with special needs. This therapeutic horseback riding has gained worldwide recognition as one of the most progressive forms of exercise today. It is fundamentally different from other activities because it utilizes the three-demensional movement of the horse to mirror movement in the human body. The rhythmic and rocking gait of the horse transfers gentle movement to the rider that relaxes muscles; improves muscle tone, flexibility, and balance; and enhances spatial awareness. It is effective because it connects the physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual elements of healing. The relationship the children develop with their horse and volunteers helps overcome sensory issues develops social skills, builds patience, self-esteem, and provides a positive outlook and a sense of belonging. The program engages the children and volunteers through a variety of different games and activities that increase both gross and fine motor skills. The skill sets learned through therapeutic riding and activities gives these children a greater ability to cope with the day-to-day challenges they face.

Non-horse-related programs:


Volunteer Opportunities


Zoo Mentor
Minimum Age: 20
We are in need of volunteers to help supervise our petting zoo animals for our riders & their families. Volunteers must be comfortable working with a variety of farm type animals. Times vary throughout the week, May through October.

Sidewalkers
Minimum Age: 16
We are in need of volunteers to walk along side our riders in therapeutic horseback riding classes. Riding season is May through October in the evenings and June through August in the mornings. Training will be held throughout the year as needed. Horse experience is not required.

Horse Leader
Minimum Age: 16
We are in need of volunteers with horse experience to lead our horses in therapeutic horseback riding classes. Riding season is May through October in the evenings and June through August in the mornings. Training will be held throughout the year as needed.

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