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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our mission is to partner people with horses and through these partnerships, help individuals, families and groups overcome life’s challenges. We currently are serving both adults and children with great success. Our goal is to increase our mental health assistance to our veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health challenges brought on by their service to our country.

Target demographics: children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: we supported 2 veterans, 4 olympians to the special olympics, 8 emotional disturbed children, provided opportunities for relationship building for children with autism, supported well over 20 clients with a range of mental health issues. these services were provided to children, adults, and families.

Geographic areas served: Eqine Assisted Psychotherapy

Programs: Healing Through Horses is a 501c3 3-person counseling service that offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) in a private indoor horse facility in New Gloucester, Maine. Horses are known for their unique blend of gentle disposition and compassionate power. EAP is animal assisted therapy that incorporates human interaction with horses as guides. Used for decades, it is a proven form of therapy that effectively employs a horses innate ability to connect and bond with people in a non-judgmental manner. Horses are sensitive, compassionate and gentle animals. They are able to perceive the needs of humans and Our mission is to partner people with horses and through these partnerships, help individuals, families and groups overcome life’s challenges. We currently are serving both adults and children with great success. Our goal is to increase our mental health assistance to our veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health challenges brought on by their service to our country.

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Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Abby21

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Healing Through Horses is a welcoming, healing place where there are no judgements and pressures placed on anyone. It is one of the few places where our clients can feel calm and in control of their own decisions when their daily lives are filled with various forms of therapy and people directing them constantly. I find the work to be so rewarding there because there is instant gratification in watching someone's mood change from cloudy to bright in the course of one hour. What makes HTH so unique and different from other programs is its small size and one on one interaction with instructors/therapists. The horses there are also happy and healthy which makes a huge difference in their ability to serve our clients.

1 Angela116

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing on behalf of Avita of Stroudwater, an assisted living community focused on memory care. Our residents visit Healing Through Horses twice a month as an equine therapy program and have seen the tremendous impact our visits have on the residents who attend. It is powerful and promotes a level of communication where words are not needed. Thank you to Michael, Sandy, and the whole Healing Through Horses team!

1 Karen320

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The calmness, passion and expertise of the team at HTH make this a truly exceptional facility.

Sandra78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with HTH while training a young lady for the Special Olympics. I have 30 years of experience working in special education but only a little experience training horses and riders. HTH staff were wonderful, helpful and always right there to help or to encourage! It was a wonderful place to volunteer. They made me feel very comfortable. I was a little nervous to go to the Olympics but all the HTH staff were there, again, to help us through our first competition!!!!

1 Åsa W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work done at Healing Through Horses is revolutionary. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is a new field and is quickly gaining attention as a powerful healing modality. The staff at HTH is well educated with lots of experience, and more importantly they truly care about their client's well being. From veterans to kids with ADHD, addiction issues and trauma, their team specializes in it all. The success stories are many and it's exciting to see this non-profit grow to serve even more people. Well done!!!

2 Norma7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing Through Horses has made an amazing difference in my daughter's life. My daughter has emotional and intellectual delays. She also suffers from PTSD. Through her therapy at HTH she is learning to control her temper and to understand that her emotions affect those around her. These are lessons she hasn't been able to learn with people.

Working with the horses, she has gained a self-confidence I hadn't thought possible. Learning to control such a large animal has given her the ability to face other challenges in life and be successful.

I would highly recommend Healing Through Horses to anyone looking for a therapy to improve their life.