Horse Power

Former teacher David Silver teaches students all about horse care with nonprofit organization.


A former teacher at Robert Burns Elementary/Middle School in Detroit, David Silver knows that students and horses often form an instant bond. Growing up, Silver says, caring for horses helped him learn to solve conflicts without violence, while the confidence he had on a saddle carried into the classroom.

After leaving the Detroit Public Schools in 2015, Silver founded Detroit Horse Power, a nonprofit organization that teaches students how to care for horses. Last summer, 107 students attended weekly camps in New Hudson where they learned to groom, feed, and ride horses. He also offers after-school training programs.

At the same time, he’s been working to establish a horse farm on environmentally safe land in Detroit. The Detroit City Council recently passed an ordinance allowing nonprofit groups to offer educational livestock training.

“Now we’re working to open a 15-acre horse farm in the city, with the approval of the surrounding neighborhoods,” Silver says. “It will offer horse stables, an indoor riding arena, outdoor riding areas, and paddocks.

“Caring for horses provides students with a socially and emotionally enriching program where they have structured support and responsibilities, while at the same time (they’re) developing skill sets so they can succeed in the future. Once we’ve selected a site and receive city approval, we’ll launch a capital campaign.”

To round out the business case for the endeavor, Silver has been developing a market analysis with the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He’s also working with the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, which is run by the College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. Community partners include Alternatives For Girls, Detroit Achievement Academy, Downtown Boxing Gym, and Detroit Cristo Rey High School.

“We’d like to be up and running in the next two years,” Silver says. “At the end of the day, the students and the horses benefit when they work together.”


Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Higher Support

More and more companies and businesses are supporting employees in their efforts to receive higher education.

Chocolate Collateral

A cuisine team from Redford Township converges on cocoa.

Parts Air

Ford Motor Co. utilized a massive Antonov AN-124-100 aircraft to ensure the delivery of a 87,000-pound die.

Lip Service

Aspiring beauty mogul Adonai Alexander is our Young CEO of the Year.

Virtual Clouds

Data centers benefit from the region’s stable environment and market access.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Wayne State’s Graduate Supply Chain Program Ranked Among Top 25 in the Country
    Wayne State University’s graduate global supply chain management program is among the...
  2. The Corner Apartment and Retail Project at Old Tiger Stadium Site in Detroit to be Completed in February
    The former Tiger Stadium site in Detroit received the city’s first modular home drop today as...
  3. Wayne State University in Detroit Opens $2M Athletic Performance Center
    Wayne State University in Detroit has announced the opening of its updated Athletic Performance...
  4. Condos in Detroit’s Historic Trumbull House Now Available
    Detroit’s Trumbull House, a home built in 1897 and located at 4304 Trumbull in the Woodbridge...
  5. Troy’s Kresge Foundation Donates $50M to Transform Detroit’s Marygrove College Campus Into Learning Center for Early Childhood Education Through Graduate Studies
    The Kresge Foundation in Troy today announced the donation of $50 million to the P-20...
  6. Universal McCann Will Open Office in Downtown Detroit to Oversee Quicken Loans’ Media Planning and Buying
    Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. today announced a long-term agreement with Universal McCann (UM)...