The Asbury Equine Center spreads across 343 acres of land overlooking the Kentucky Palisades. Riding trails and pastures, two outdoor and one indoor arena, horse and hay barns—this facility has an essential purpose in the community and among its students. The Asbury equine students learn all about equines from the ground up. Students get practical, hands-on experience as interns with many local farms and businesses. The Equine program specialization classes like Equine Science, Equine Management, Equine Assisted Activities like therapeutic riding instruction, or Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Hands-on training ensures students are knowledgeable in all areas of horsemanship and also allows them to participate in equitation, hunter jumper club, and vaulting team (gymnastics on horseback). Asbury is most well-known for being one of the only programs in the United States with hands-on, student-run mounted police horse training. The horses arrive in the capital of horse country around the age of 7 months old and begin their desensitization training. The young trainees get used to pool noodles and bouncy balls, road flares and fog, tarps and drill teamwork. Around the age of 3 or 4, the horses then receive their assignment on a mounted patrol unit and begin their lives as a member of the police force. Asbury trainees are now patrolling streets all across the country and also right here with the downtown Lexington Mounted Unit. Book a farm tour or enroll your child in one of the summer horse camps to inspire a new generation of horsemen and women.