HARTH is a Texas non-profit located in Burnet, just NW of Austin on the shores of Lake Buchanan. The Texas Hill Country is the perfect environment to escape the hectic demands of everyday life, and focus on healing and recovery with the horses that are the heartbeat of the HARTH programs. HARTH is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Member Center and provides a range of services for each individual by developing a person-centered program that works best for each client. At HARTH, both the horses and the environment in general are an integral part of the therapeutic process.
HARTH Veteran Programs
“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.” Spoken by King Henry V in Shakespeare’s The Life of King Henry the Fifth. King Henry was speaking of the shared bond of soldiers and the happiness found in that bond despite the violence of war. The violence of war has not escaped the present battle field but too many veterans have lost that happiness. Veterans face PTSD, depression, anger issues and readjustment issues among a variety of mental health concerns.
All of the programs at HARTH Foundation are offered free to our veterans and active duty service members. These programs are funded entirely by donations and the generosity of our sponsors and supporters.
HARTH Therapeutic Riding Program
Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Therapeutic riding provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport and recreation & leisure. Because horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. There is a charge for these services.
Why we need your help.
- American Psychological Association finds 44% of veterans reported readjustment difficulties after returning from deployments in Iraq and/or Afghanistan and the department of Veterans Affairs concluded that 22 veterans a day commit suicide; a suicide every 65 minutes; CNN article suggests the suicide rate may actually be higher.
- Today more than 1 in 10 families in the United States is affected by developmental disabilities. (2008 United Way Community Needs Assessment)
The goal of HARTH Foundation, to provide our clients a safe community for healing, requires your support. If you’d like to help support our mission, please donate now!