CowKids For Christ

Youth Horsemanship Program

Presented by
Theresa Manzella
T-N-T Paints & Performance Horses

640 Gold Creek Loop
Hamilton, Montana 59840
(406) 363 -2898

Cowkids for Christ

It is my belief that children, as well as animals, will lead a more fruitful and productive life if they are raised with a clear understanding of the boundaries and rules of life that they will be expected to honor for the rest of their lives.

 The 10 Commandments of Scripture were given by God, to Moses, and intended for all people, for all time. The 10 Commandments of Horsemanship are to be honored by all people, both children and adults, who want a productive relationship with a horse. They are specifically designed to create a greater understanding of, and communication with the majestic animal they ride, thus preserving the children’s safety and happiness. They learn a second language...that of the horse.

 Knowledge is power.


 In addition to learning the 10 Commandments of Scripture and Horsemanship, the children recite the American Pledge of Allegiance and The Cowkids Creed at the beginning of every lesson. After which we review our handouts for the day, reviewing training and riding philosophies, memorize parts of the horse, western saddle and bridle and learn about the most common horse illnesses and diseases.

Ultimately they learn from the ground up how to safely halter, lead, tie, groom, saddle, bridle and ride their assigned mount at a walk, trot and lope; beginning first in the safety of the round corral and then progressing, at the child’s pace, to the bigger and more open areas. Additionally, they learn real life lessons in both team work and independence, responsibility and leadership. They are taught to praise and encourage their subordinate, (the horse) as well as appropriately discipline them when necessary.  


My name is Theresa Manzella and I moved to Montana to raise a fine line of performance horses in 1992. For as long as I can remember, I’ve known my life’s purpose was to work with children and horses. My quest for personal knowledge of the horses that I love has taken me across the country, riding with some of the most accomplished horsemen in the US. My efforts have resulted in 18 Montana State titles, 4 Regional titles and a National Championship, with multiple placings at a National level in my chosen discipline of Reining. While excelling in competition is something I do for myself and my personal growth; helping children gain the confidence & leadership skills necessary to pilot this large willing servant, also known as the horse, is my true passion. Since they are so eager to learn about the horse, this is an opportunity to make bible study fun, meaningful and productive.        

Theresa Manzella 640 Gold Creek Loop Hamilton, Montana 59840
(406) 363 -2898



It’s extremely important to understand that not all horses are created equal. The horses used in our program have been carefully selected for their attitude, work ethic and level of training. Many are blessed with a God given, maternal nature, which is something that can be learned, but can’t be taught. It takes a special horses to tolerate the inconsistency in communication and balance that learning children will present. Some of our 4 legged teachers have been on the job as long as we have and take their job very seriously. We’re truly blessed to be able to report that we’ve never had a serious injury.

Attention to your child’s safety is our number one priority.  



Cost of the 10 lesson program is $500.00
A $50.00 discount is offered for complete payment and lesson scheduling in advance.
Lessons last between 1 to 1-1/2 hours.    


Program includes 3 ring binder that is added to every lesson, personalized T-shirt with your child’s picture on it and a certificate of completion.  

All children are required to wear boots, jeans and a helmet while riding. If you do not have a helmet, one will be provided for you.

WARNING: Under Montana law, a person is not liable for damages sustained by another solely as a result of risks inherent in equine activities if those risks are or should be reasonably obvious, expected or necessary to persons engaged in equine activities. Montana Code Anno; s 27-1-725


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 Consider our Equiciser Program.         



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