We support programs associated with the below organizations
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs.
In addition to therapeutic riding, our centers offer a number of therapeutic equine-related activities, including hippotherapy,equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, competition, ground work and stable management.
Charities are born from the passions of people united by a common interest. The EQUUS Foundation is no exception. It was the belief that horses have a positive impact in our everyday lives that led to the establishment of The EQUUS Foundation in August 2002.
Since 2003, nearly $3 million in grants has been awarded to charities across America that are improving the quality of life of horses, promoting the use of horses to enrich the lives of those in need, and educating the public about the horse's unique ability to empower, teach and heal. Horses enrich the lives of millions of people of all ages every day, especially children. Help us transform the way horses are treated and perceived and build a more compassionate America that values the magical and powerful bond we have with horses.
Heroes and Horses:
Heroes and Horses provides extreme expedition-style horse pack trips teaching self-reliance, teamwork and perseverance. Experienced instructors, many who are combat veterans themselves, lead teams of veterans and their pack animals into the wilderness on epic, life-changing journeys of discovery.
Unlike any other program, the self-efficacy principals applied through the Heroes and Horses program are proven. Heroes and Horses inspires veterans to move beyond the difficulties experienced from years of war, towards a life of restoration and hope.
Horses for Heroes; Cowboy Up!:
Cowboy Up! is a unique horsemanship, wellness and skill-set™ restructuring program based in Santa Fe, NM free to ALL post 9/11 Veterans and active military (both men and women) especially those who have sustained PTSD*, physical injuries, or have experienced combat trauma during their time serving our country. From day one Veterans are hands on with our horses beginning with groundwork and progressing to riding, as well as participating in other aspects of ranch life, including working cattle and more importantly experiencing the camaraderie with cowboys who are Veterans themselves.
Sharing our experience, our strengths, and hopes we give veterans a new and vital mission where they can recuperate, recreate, and reintegrate into their communities. We believe that Horsemanship is Leadership and by assisting veterans through the way of the horse and cowboy culture, we are able to support their journey, integrating mind, body and spirit.
Saratoga Warhorse Foundation:
Saratoga WarHorse offers veterans a three-day experience that has proven to be effective and invaluable for those struggling to adjust to life after military service. The program is provided at no cost to the veterans.
Through our Connection Process, an interactive experience is created between off-the-track Thoroughbreds and veterans. By utilizing the silent language of the horse, a mutual trust and profound bond is established that goes beyond verbal communication.
Horses4Heroes is a Las Vegas-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth, adults and families and enriching their lives through deeply discounted recreational, instructional and morale-boosting health & wellness programs that emphasize fun and safe activities with horses. Our large and growing national network includes more than 250 facilities in 44 states plus Canada. Through programs like Operation Free Ride, we have given thousands of free horseback rides and we are introducing a brand new audience to the world of horses!
Membership is now free for all active duty service members, Veterans, caregivers, survivors, First Responders and their families. Other heroes (nurses, special education school teachers, etc.) pay just $25 for a family membership. In addition, we serve at-risk youth, foster children and teens, victims of domestic abuse and violence, Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress and others in our communities who need a hand up, not a hand out.
American Hippotherapy Association:
AHA, Inc. is recognized as part of the international community that provides education, facilitates research, and promotes equine assisted therapy as an effective treatment strategy that improves the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
The term hippotherapy refers to how occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals use evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. In conjunction with the affordances of the equine environment and other treatment strategies, hippotherapy is part of a patient's integrated plan of care.
Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program:
The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving Veterans and Horses a new lease on life! We support Therapeutic Riding Facilities and Horse Rescue Farms across the United States, providing rehabilitative services to wounded veterans of all services.
*Hope in the Saddle cannot verify the legitimacy nor does it endorse any individual center, and as such is not liable for any actions by individual centers. Hope in the Saddle does stand behind those approved by the above programs/organizations which follow guidelines and recommendations.*