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. Be sure to check back. We are regularly adding to our list.

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

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We Proudly Offer Services and Resources for Students of All Ages 


Horse Powered Reading News


Be one of the first to register for the JANUARY 2019 class!

January 2019 Online HPR Facilitator class has been added:

Tuesdays January 15th-February 5th, 2019

7:00-9:00 PM central time

"Intro to Experiential and Horse Powered Reading Instruction"

taught online by Dr. Michele Pickel, Founder of HPR

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

 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"