Photo shows a child of about 6 holding a book in front of a white horse whose nose is turned to and up close to the book.

Saddle Up and Read

December 21, 2021

Saddle Up And Read is on a mission to encourage youth to achieve literary excellence through equine activities. In 2017, founder Caitlin Gooch noticed the literacy rates in North Carolina were low. Caitlin acted immediately by creating an incentive with a local library. As a prize for reading, this incentive included a day at her father’s horse farm. The only requirement was for children to check out 3 or more books from the library. It turned out to be a great success which led to Saddle Up And Read…’Horses connect people and get kids excited. Why not use that energy to encourage kids to read?’ Caitlin states. To this day, SUAR has visited elementary schools, libraries, childcare centers, church youth groups, and community events.”

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