Caring for horses is good, hard work, requiring regular handling, grooming, exercise, stimulation, creativity (to save schooling horses from becoming bored), and elbow grease – from bucking hay to managing manure. Using horses in ranch work – transporting people and goods around campus, farming the land, and fostering a fun spirit of competition – instills values of simplicity, self-reliance, responsibility to the animals and community, and a meaningful work ethic. Participants in the horseback-riding classes learn balanced and thoughtful riding techniques. Advanced students help to school new horses to the riding string – and further develop their skills in areas such as collection and extension, lateral movements, and competitive show patterns. All students get out and ride on Midland’s 25 miles of trails. Several horse camping trips occur during the school year.