To be the leading provider of equine-assisted therapies and programs in north central Florida.
Our Mission is to provide equine-assisted programs in a healing environment that enhance personal growth, empowerment, and well-being.
HOPE was established in July 2000, as a not for profit organization, to offer equine-assisted therapy to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals with disabilities.
A Picture showing a rider mounting a horse at HOPE.
HOPE's founders and directors have extensive equine backgrounds and work in a variety of professions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, nursing and special education. They are active at the local, state, national and international levels with regard to equine assisted therapy and activities, thus providing services that are truly state of the art.
HOPE began as a back-yard program, but now resides on 40 acre facility in Archer, whose use has been donated. Our programs include, Adapted Riding Therapies and Equine Assisted Learning, Memoree(for patients with Alzheimers), Equine Recreational Therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, First Responder and Veterans Programs, Special Olympics and more.
In the future, HOPE's goal is to obtain a home of it's own. Continued community support is needed to achieve these goals.
What We've Achieved
Some of the things that HOPE has achieved:
- We have served over 150 every year for the past 3 years.
- As of January 2017 we are the Alachua County Equine Representative for Speicial Olympics
- Horses Helping Heroes started in 2012, serving Veterans, First Responders and their families