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Helping children and their families one hoof beat at a time

Howdy, Friends

Welcome to the Ranch

Valley Trotters Youth Ranch is a faith-based organization founded on God’s word. Located on 12 beautiful acres in McAllen, Texas, we offer programs that connect the needs of rescued horses with the undiscovered potential in every child and youth. God planted the seed and vision for Valley Trotters Youth Ranch in our hearts nearly three decades ago. Since then, we’ve seen countless lives be transformed and healed due in large part to the faithful donors, volunteers, and partners in prayer who have walked alongside us every step of the way. 

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Building
Character
Restoring
Hope
Empowering
Relationships

New Beginnings

A mission that inspires healing

Valley Trotters Youth Ranch is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in the Rio Grande Valley that was founded to benefit youth, strengthen families, and rehabilitate horses. We do this by offering programs that are exclusively funded by donations and contributions. We provide a safe environment where our youth can find acceptance, build trust and relationships, and learn skills that will serve children for a lifetime.

What We Offer

Riding Programs

Our riding programs were created with your children in mind! Each and every Rancher will have a program that is catered to them, helping them build confidence, optimism, trust, and personal skill development.
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Volunteer Opportunities

Our volunteers are the heartbeat of Valley Trotters Youth Ranch. Whether serving on the feed team, as a riding session assistant, or joining us as a prayer partner, your God-given gifts will be used to make a positive impact on the lives of the next generation.

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Equine Rescue

Our committed team of volunteers has been part of 41 horses being rescued or rehomed, and that need continues to grow. If caring for and loving on mild-to-moderately mistreated horses pulls on your heartstrings, our Equine Rescue Program may be for you.

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Our Impact

12,314

HOURS OF EQUINE SESSIONS TO DATE

41

HORSES RESCUED AND REHOMED

9,638

CHILDREN IMPACTED BY PROGRAMS

7,252

VOLUNTEER HOURS TO DATE

“There is much we can learn from a friend who happens to be a horse.”
― Aleksandra Layland, “Bind Not the Heart: A Windflower Saga Novella”
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You can make a difference.

Jump Right In

Let’s put those boots to work.

Whether you’re interested in mucking stalls, caring for horses, or helping provide a safe space for children and youth to grow and learn, we have a place for you.

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Events

Upcoming Events

  • Friend Raising Day
    Friend Raising Day
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jul 20
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch
    Jul 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch, 4525 Auburn Ave, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
    Jul 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch, 4525 Auburn Ave, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
    Break out, break away and break into a new friendship at VTYR. We’ll have some real interesting projects going on and need your help with them so sign-up and get ready to experience a great time with your new friends at the event.
  • Round-up at the Ranch
    Round-up at the Ranch
    Fri, Jul 26
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch
    Jul 26, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch, 4525 Auburn Ave, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
    Jul 26, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch, 4525 Auburn Ave, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
    Come and share some quality time with your community! The whole two hours will be a meet & greet style event. Throughout this free event, there will be snacks, water, door prizes, and fun interactive games. No helmets and no riding! Please bring your lawn chair.
  • Volunteer Basic Training 101
    Volunteer Basic Training 101
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Aug 10
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch
    Aug 10, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch, 4525 Auburn Ave, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
    Aug 10, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch, 4525 Auburn Ave, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
    First step to discover what opportunities are available and how to get started as a VTYR volunteer.
  • New Rider Orientation
    New Rider Orientation
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Aug 11
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch
    Aug 11, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch, 4525 Auburn Ave, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
    Aug 11, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
    Valley Trotters Youth Ranch, 4525 Auburn Ave, McAllen, TX 78504, USA
    Interested in learning more about our innovative riding programs? In the orientation you will meet our 2-legged and 4-legged ministry partners, learn what we do, and how this is a unique experience for both riders and family members.
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