Horses for Heroes


What Is Horses For Heroes?

The Horses for Heroes program seeks to help veterans suffering from illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression through alternative therapy. They provide therapeutic horse riding as well as various equine-assisted services. It only seems natural, then, that there be a chapter of the Horses for Heroes program in Northern Michigan.  



 We are still seeking VA, Mental Health, and other partners to help facilitate and track success of programs.  If you or you know of someone, have them contact Ron Smith at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Christine O’Connell at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Office: 231-258-5437


How You Can Help

Charity Hill Ranch is completely dependent upon community support. Funding and volunteer support is provided by numerous individuals as well as various community service-based organizations. CHR’s cost to provide each two-hour session of Horses for Heroes is $83, and we need your help to provide this invaluable program. We ask you to support Horses for Heroes through the following tax-deductible sponsorships:

  1. Sponsor 1 veteran for an entire 12 week session: $ 996

  2. Sponsor 4 veterans for an entire 12 week session: $3,984

  3. Sponsor 8 veterans for an entire 12 week session: $7,968

  4. Sponsor a Horse for $ 300 per month
    Includes: Vet Care, Hoof Care, and Feed for one horse

Horses for Heroes serve the needs of military veterans who can benefit physically, emotionally and psychologically. With your help, CHR can provide this wonderful program to the people who have made tremendous sacrifices to defend our nation.

Please make your check out to: Charity Hill Ranch and note that your contribution is for Horses for Heroes.

Military Volunteers Needed

Horses for Heroes is a program based on the concept of soldiers helping soldiers with the aid of horses and riding. The camaraderie of fellow soldiers combined with the physical and mental stimulation of therapeutic riding has proven beneficial for both the riders and the volunteers.

There are not enough facilities, doctors, and counselors to serve our current veteran’s needs. Soon thousands more will be coming home.

Charity Hill Ranch is looking for active or inactive military personnel to serve as volunteers. Programs with military helping military have been found to be the most effective, as well as therapeutic for both the rider and the volunteer.