Our Vision: BraveHearts envisions being the premier model for connecting horses with people as a catalyst for wellness. Everyone will have the opportunity to discover healing horsemanship through the BraveHearts' model.
“Not only do I have the chance to learn and work alongside an awesome group of volunteers, but I have the honor of meeting the men and woman who have served in our armed forces. Getting to know them, and to be a part of their journey week to week, is an experience I hope all volunteers have the chance to be a part of.” – Bridget H., Volunteer
“Being a member of the BraveHearts family is a life changing experience. All of us get so much more in return than we could ever possibly give.”
“Working with the Mustangs has been a rejuvenating of my mind, body, and soul. As a result of this interaction I have no longer needed a significant amount of pharmaceuticals. I have regained my sobriety and for the first time since the military I have thought about what the next 20 years of my life have in store for my family and I. Operation Mustangs has forever changed me and I am forever grateful.”
“I thank God for this place and for you people.”
“I am so grateful to have my husband back and to feel like a family again. I can not help but think of all the spouses and children around the country that could be helped from this great program. My husband has always meant the world to me and it is only because of Operation Mustang that he has truly come home. Thank you so much for all you have done for my family.”
“The horses give him a motivation that traditional therapy had not been able to do and we have tried almost everything. And Jack rarely gets aggravated anymore when presented with a new task because movement is no longer as difficult for him and Jack wants to be there. Since beginning here with the horses, Jack is able to stand with assistance because he has better core control and keeps his head aligned and no longer extends backwards.”
“The round pen work changed me forever. Something broke inside me and gave me the chance to open myself up to horses and slowly to others.”
“One of the most beneficial donations I can make.”
“To say Winkie is a rockstar is such an understatement! In the midst of tack changes and rider changes, being surrounded by people and horses he had never met before and excitement that was overflowing at times, he was steady and responsive – doing his job with poise and majesty – helping each and every one of his riders strive for their very individual, very personal best. I had to choke back tears from time to time as I watched one rider after the next thrill with smiles and squeals of happiness and self-esteem…”
“It is such a blessing to get to see Gods plan from the front row.”
“I have learned so much from you and Paddy, and I know my leadership and confidence has really grown, and I look forward to each and every time I set foot in the barn. I look forward to another wonderful year.”
“Even a bad day at BraveHearts is better than a good day working anywhere else!”
Thank you to all of the photographers who have donated their time, talents and artwork to BraveHearts.
Tricia Lee Carzoli, Carrie Dodt Art, Dr. Rolf Gunnar, Jennifer Hazlewood, Peggy Judd, Karen Marie Kerns, Lisa McQueeney, Living Images by Carol Walker , Laurel Obee Photography, Diane Schrader Photography, Smits Photography & Design