Horses for Healing was established as Rocky Creek Horses Help in 1991 when a pilot project was launched to provide therapeutic riding for a group of 15 children with special needs from the Rogers, Arkansas school district. Tremendous growth and success have followed!
Horses for Healing became the first therapeutic riding center in Arkansas to become a Premier Accredited Center through NARHA, now PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), and today is one of only two accredited facilities in Arkansas. In order to serve more children, we moved to a larger facility in nearby Bentonville in 2004. Changing the name from Rocky Creek Horses Help to Horses for Healing, Inc. shortly after the move gave the organization a clearer brand in the community with defined mission.
Now working with hundreds of children with special needs a year, we are the largest center in Arkansas.
The growth as certainly been dramatic, but is not yet complete. There are an estimated 10,000 children with special needs in Northwest Arkansas and Horses for Healing remains committed to serving as many as possible.
None of this of course would be possible without the vision, dedication and ongoing support of Harriette Habern, Founder of Horses for Healing. In fact, a retired special education teacher and longtime horsewoman, Horses for Healing is the realization of Harriette's dream to help children with special needs thru therapeutic riding.