HARTH is a therapeutic horseback riding program based just northwest of Austin in Burnet, Texas. Their goal is to promote healing and recovery for veterans who are experiencing PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. The organization offers free programs to all veterans and active service members, and they rely on volunteers to keep their programs running.
MCFI volunteered with HARTH for the first time in December 2017. We helped clean the horses’ stalls, laid fresh shavings, painted a handicap mounting ramp, and raked the grounds. After we finished, we had the chance to meet the horses, feed them treats, and groom them. The horses are retired, award-winning jumpers, and it was wonderful to see them being well-cared for and starting a new chapter as therapy animals.