Share Your Story

Hope in the Saddle is a storytelling platform dedicated to building a community of equestrians who have overcome life's challenges—physical, emotional, and otherwise—through their relationship with horses. These stories are used to encourage, uplift, and inspire!

You don't need to be a professional writer to submit to Hope in the Saddle—we welcome all voices, perspectives, and backgrounds. Simply, if you or someone you know has benefited from the therapeutic effects of horses, we'd love to hear about it! Don't worry about making your writing perfect, just write from the heart. 

Need help getting started? Here are a few prompts and ideas to get the stories flowing. (You certainly don't have to use these, they're just some suggestions to get the creative juices going! Need some more inspiration? Check out more Stories of Hope.)

Story Prompt Ideas for Writing about Horses and Healing

  • Without horses, I never would have...
  • The first time I met my horse, I...
  • I would like to thank [my horse, trainer, therapeutic riding center, therapist, etc.]...
  • If my horse could talk back, they would say...
  • If my body could talk, it would say...
  • A moment I'll never forget is...
  • I couldn't imagine living without...
  • What is the story behind how you found therapeutic riding? 
  • What is the most difficult challenge that horses have helped you overcome?
  • What would like others to know about the healing powers of horses? 

Thank you so much for your courage and vulnerability—we can't wait to read your story.