Our mission and who we serve:
Hold Your Horses (HYH) is a MN 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life and wellness for people with disabilities through individualized equine (horse) assisted therapy. Our multidisciplinary team includes board certified physical, occupational, speech and psychotherapy professionals, as well as a team of therapy aides and equine professionals. Our horses are carefully selected and trained to complete a team that is committed to the client’s physical and emotional well-being.
Horse programs include:
- Hippotherapy: Clients with a variety of disabilities (physical, cognitive, emotional, communication and sensory impairments) come to HYH to receive occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Highly trained therapists specialize in incorporating the movement and environment of the horse into their client’s individualized plan of care. This innovative treatment strategy helps clients develop balance, coordination, attention to task, communication and sensory integration skills for increased independence and success in daily life.
- Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: Children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma in their life or struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD, attachment disorder, or other mental health related condition work with a psychologist to enhance social and emotional wellbeing. Observing horse behaviors and working hands-on with the horses provides a physical opportunity to promote wellness and recovery from trauma. HYH has partnered with Cairns Psychological Services (CPS) to host an on-going program with Hennepin County, supporting this critical work to provide services to teenagers with trauma histories and post-traumatic stress disorder. HYH is also the host site for School District 287 through CPS providing mental health services to help students build critical skills such as: social and emotional learning, communication, cooperation, problem-solving, coping and self-regulation skills.
- Training Site: HYH is regarded as providing best practices for interdisciplinary equine assisted services in a professional and natural environment. HYH hosts continuing education for professionals and provides Level I & II clinical training to other therapists.
- Clinical Research Site: HYH is currently participating in clinical research in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota.