News

Check out the article on HARTH in the Burnet Bulletin.

We are thrilled to welcome the folks from Johnson Sewell Ford Lincoln to our Helping Hands Scholarship Program!  Their donation will go to help those with special needs pay for therapeutic riding sessions.  Thank you!

Dr. Elizabeth DeFily of Bluebonnet Veterinary Clinic kicks off our Helping Hands Scholarship Program for those with special needs.  A BIG thank you to Elizabeth DeFily, DVM for her generous donation to our program! 

 

HARTH Foundation Video

Upcoming Classes & Events

Horse Assisted Therapy for Veterans "As prey animals, horses are hypervigilant until they learn they are not in danger. ... Because of their own hypervigilance, veterans with PTSD easily understand and can relate to the trust and hypervigilance in a horse."  Read more about Horse Assisted Therapy.

Founded in 2015 by long time equestrian and business executive Sherry Atherton, HARTH began operations offering equine assisted programs focused on mental health and wellness for veterans and their families. The only PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified center in the region, HARTH expanded its operations in 2019 to offer certified therapeutic riding programs and equine assisted learning programs for those with emotional, physical and mental challenges. HARTH has provided many hours of sessions for veterans, veteran family members, children, and people with disabilities. The elegant features of the upscale equestrian center occupies 16 acres on the shores of Lake Buchanan and features 3 barns, a large covered, lit and irrigated arena along with a herd of certified therapy horses. In the short time since its opening, HARTH has experienced constant growth and increasing requests for its therapeutic services. 

Our Mission

HARTH Foundation recognizes and values the healing relationship between people and animals. We, along with our therapy horses, volunteers, and community partners, strive to bring that healing to as many Central Texans as possible, through a variety of equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT) programs. Situated among the natural beauty of the Highland Lakes, HARTH's mission is to enhance the health of people and our community through relationships with horses. HARTH serves those with a variety of physical, emotional and mental challenges through our PATH International certified therapeutic riding program, and through our EAL (equine assisted learning) programs.  HARTH also offers healing programs for veterans, military, and their families to improve mental health, social well-being, and quality of life.

 

Meet our Board of Directors

Sherry Atherton, Board President
Dr. Stephanie R. Smith, Ed.D., Board Vice President
Howard Morrison, Board  Secretary
William H. McCartney, Chair of the Board of Directors
Lori Greco, 1SG (Retired), Board Member
Coleman Washington, Board Member

Meet our Advisory Board

Dr. Cynthia Franklin
Tania Glenn, PsyD, LCSW, CTS

Meet our Team

Jereny Johnson, Director of Equestrian Programs
Julie Biggs, PATH Int'l Certified Instructor and Mentor