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In the serene backdrop of rolling hills and sprawling pastures, there exists a sanctuary where the rhythms of hoofbeats sync with the human heartbeats on a journey of healing. This sanctuary is Saddles in Service, an oasis where rescued horses and our nation’s heroes come together, forging an unbreakable bond through shared experiences of trauma, resilience, and growth.

Nestled amidst the tranquil countryside, Saddles in Service is not just a haven for horses; it’s a beacon of hope for veterans, active-duty military and first responders grappling with invisible scars. Here, amidst the whispers of wind and rustle of leaves, the stories of resilience unfold— one hoofbeat at a time.

The journey begins with the horses, finding solace in the embrace of compassionate caregivers. These magnificent creatures, often scarred by past traumas, undergo a transformation fueled by patience, love, and understanding. As they gradually heal, their spirits soar, echoing the resilience mirrored in the souls of the veterans, active-duty military and first responders they’ll soon meet.

These men and women who’ve served their country with unwavering courage, yet carry the weight of their experiences. For them, Saddles in Service offers a lifeline—a chance to reconnect with themselves, their families, and the world around them. Here, amidst the serenity of nature, they find a safe space to confront their demons, to unravel the tangled threads of their memories, and to embark on a journey of

The bond between horse and human transcends mere companionship; it’s a sacred
partnership grounded in trust and mutual understanding. As our heroes learn the art of horsemanship, they discover profound parallels between their own journey and that of their equine companions. They learn to communicate not through words, but through subtle cues, attuned to the language of empathy and intuition.

In the arena of Saddles in Service, barriers dissolve, and walls crumble as horses and heroes navigate obstacles together—each triumph, a testament to their resilience and strength. With each gentle nudge and encouraging nicker, the horses become silent mentors, guiding their human counterparts towards a path of self-discovery and empowerment. The journey is not without its challenges— both horses and heroes face setbacks, moments of doubt, and fear. But within the supportive community of Saddles in Service, they find the courage to persevere. Surrounded by others who understand the weight of their burdens, they draw strength from one another, forging bonds that transcend the boundaries of time and space.

At Saddles in Service, the journey of growth is ongoing—a continuous cycle of healing, learning, and renewal. But amidst the challenges, there is hope—a beacon of light that shines bright in the hearts of horses and heroes alike. For in the sanctuary of Saddles in Service, miracles happen every day—miracles born from the unbreakable bond between two souls on a shared journey of healing and transformation.

With the generosity of donors and supporters Saddles in Service is striving to open more spots at for almost 100 heroes waiting to begin their journey. Raising funds through our Holes for Heroes Annual Golf Tournament, love for heroes gala, and more. There is a place for you to get involved. Please contact us at to learn more. to sponsor a horse, donate or sign up to volunteer.

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