Horse camp helps build self-esteem for teenage girls

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MILLSTADT, IL (KTVI) - 'This is Sassy,' says Mikayla Sims, 8th Grade Student.

In Millstadt, Illinois some horses are the courses at this horse camp.

'It makes me feel excited because I`ve never been around horses before,' says Sims.

At horse camp at Equus Rescue in Millstadt, Illinois hearts and hooves are combining for these girls age 8 to 15.

In partnership with the Lift for Life Program, Equine Angels for at Risk Youth helps build self-esteem and confidence working with rescued horses.

'We`re working with horses have been rescued out of terrible situations,' says Margo Sutter, Founder Equus Rescue.  'They were either starvation or in kill pens shipping to slaughter.  And they`ve been rehabilitated here and they wanted to serve a larger community.'

'I did some demonstrations on humans communicating with horses and that`s through body language eye contact and knowing where your feet are and eyes are,' Stormy Mullins, Event Coordinator Mustang Heritage Foundation.  'Really it`s the same way we communicate with people.'

Wednesday afternoon the girls learned the right rope skills require practice and training.

Much of it is based on how you hold the rope and yourself.

'They sometimes can tell what you`re thinking about from the body language,' says Demya Robinson as a horse approaches her and stops.  'The first time I was kind of nervous.'

'But now I think you`re doing alright,' says Patrick Clark.

A camp that kind of makes some horse sense.