Horse Powered Reading

 A New and Unique Way to Empower ALL Students


  Our Mission

Cross P Ranch Makes It Our Mission to Give HOPE to Struggling Readers by Offering Equine Assisted Services and Training for Students, Teachers, and Equine Professionals
— Michele Pickel, PhD, Founder of Horse Powered Reading


We Are the Home of Horse Powered Reading with Dr. Michele Pickel 

Horse Powered Reading was developed in 2012, by Dr. Michele Pickel. Since it's inception, Horse Powered Reading has helped thousands of clients become better readers by combining the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model of equine assisted learning, with the use of research-based reading strategies that engage the mind, body, and emotions in learning. 

Our dedicated team of facilitators and horses challenge students to build connections while exploring basic reading skills which include phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. We call it the BRIDGE TO READING.  




Cross P Ranch is located in beautiful Lino Lakes, Minnesota. To find out if there is a Horse Powered Reading program available in your area, click the link below.

Dr. Pickel also offers online training workshops for teachers and equine professionals who are interested in starting their own HPR programs. 

We are adding to the list regularly. If you would like to be notified when a Horse Powered Reading program opens near you, please contact us. 


What We Offer

  • Individual and Group Tutoring  

  • "Wild West" Literacy Field Trips  

  • Summer Fun Reading Program  

  • Equine Facilitated Retreats

  • Faculty and Teacher Trainings

  • Team Building Events with Chuck wagon dinner

  • Resources for teachers, parents, and students

  • On-line Workshops for EAGALA professionals

  • Online "introduction to Experiential and HOrse Powered Reading Instruction" Training for Educators and Equine Professionals

Learn More...


We Proudly Offer Services and Resources for Students of All Ages 


Horse Powered Reading News

Check out the great TV interview with Nancy Lyon about her program in Nebraska: Bravehearts Equine Therapy!  They do both Horse Powered Reading & Math

Great information and friends at the EAGALA Conference 

March 4-7  in Murfreesboro, TN


Go to Presentations & Articles page under Resources to view our presentation:

"Eagala Model Horse Powered Reading: Impacting Literacy and the Emotional Health of Students"

Congratulations to Elizabeth Allen (another HPR facilitator) and her co-presenter Jill VanHome for a great presentation: 

"Bring Me to Higher Ed"



Spring Online Facilitator Training: April 3-24  


"Experiential and Horse Powered Reading Instruction"

taught by Dr. Michele Pickel, Founder of HPR


april 3rd - 24th  Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 Central Time Zone

Space is limited - reserve your spot! 

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