We restore peace and joy to the process of growing up through horseplay.
Home Base Ranch was founded in 2011 and granted 501(c)(3) status in 2014. Home Base Ranch is a four-acre ranch in East San Diego County. We care for six aging horses rescued from sub-par situations that help us connect with the at-risk young people we serve.
Our main goal is to provide the youth that come to the ranch with a supportive environment that delivers opportunities and tools to transform their lives, from ones filled with pain and fear, to lives filled with joy, hope and promise. Our mentoring program focuses on our core values of Safety, Integrity, Compassion, and Service.
OUR CORE VALUES
We envision a world where
feels welcomed and valued
simply because they are.
Our philosophy stems from a belief that human beings resist change unless they are challenged to move beyond their “comfort zone”. Home Base Ranch provides a safe environment where young people are able to affect long-lasting change by learning and practicing new behaviors. Bonding with a horse is a means through which behavior is reflected back.
The horse is a catalyst, a mirror, to help us see who we truly are, and taps into inner resources of power and strength. Through this connection with self, our young people are then able to connect with others and create change in the world around them.
The horses at Home Base Ranch are older horses, most of them over 20 years old.
All have retired from demanding jobs or come from difficult backgrounds. Each horse has a distinct personality & mentees connect with the horse most
Old horses and young people heal each other.