Resources & 

Best Practices


Resources and Best Practices

Rhapsody in Blue Stables - The Meyers opened this Arabian & Half-Arabian Show Horse training program in 1989. Along with their clients, they have achieved Local, Regional, and National awards in a variety of disciplines. 

Strides to Success is in Plainfield, Indiana, and the premier provider of equine-assisted learning services and training in the US.

Search Institute Search Institute is a nonprofit organization that studies and works to strengthen youth success in schools, coalitions, youth and family organizations, and the faith community

Manza, Gail, Susan K. Patrick. The Mentor's Field Guide. Search Institute Press, Minneapolis, MN. 2012  

The book provides mentors with advice they need both in the ever-changing and sometimes challenging mentoring relationship and within the parameters of a mentoring program. 

The Black Stallion Literacy Project/Horse Tales - A national initiative to teach youngsters to enjoy learning to read using Black Stallion books and real-life experiences with horses.

Billy and Blaze Unit Study - Billy and Blaze books. Author: C.W. Anderson. ISBN: 0689716087. Level 3 unit by Heidi Jasper; lapbook by Ami Brainerd

Stacey, Deborah.  Horse Lover's Math, Level 1 & Level 2 Workbooks - Aligned to the Common Core Standards Initiative, Horse Lover’s Math presents children with real-life pre-Algebra, geometry, and other math concepts. This real-world scenario approach promotes an improved learning experience that fosters a sustainable understanding of math concepts. 4th, 5th, 6th grade 

"Discover the Magic of the Arabian Horse." Arabian Horses, The Arabian Horse Association, 2020,

Edwards, Sue and Kathleen Martinez. Fun Literacy Activities for After-School Programs.  School-Age NOTES, Inc,  Nashville, TN. 2004 A treasure trove of field-tested activities that successfully integrate literacy into an after-school program.

For a complete list of material used please contact Leigh at 

Leigh Meyer, an accomplished trainer, competitor, and instructor in a variety of disciplines and breeds, has been riding horses since 1961. She is a horsemanship instructor, develops lesson programs/curricula, marketing material and is the office manager at Rhapsody in Blue Stables. Mrs. Meyer co-developed "Horses in the Classroom," an unmounted equine-assisted learning program for students with special needs that provides socialization activities for ten weeks and academic enhancement activities for ten weeks. She has also written a middle school curriculum about the history of the US Cavalry which introduces students to events in the Revolutionary War.  For beginner riders, learning how to handle horses safely and how to ride, dependent on their assigned peer partner to lead, and beginning in-hand drill maneuvers are taught.