Equine Facilitated Growth, Development & Healing

Saving Horses, Inc. is now home to an Equine Facilitated growth, development and healing program. Conducted by Susan Crimmins, PHD a graduate of EponaQuest, AZ. Susan’s sessions are conducted on the ground. They are not mounted sessions.

A simple truth is that horses are healers. They model how to BE present in the here and now and in relationships, as they teach us boundaries and reflect authentic heart-centered expressions. The horses play a major role in the healing of individuals suffering from PTSD, addiction and social/emotional disorders.

A graduate of “Epona”. Her growth and development counseling sessions are led by the horse. The horse used for the session is selected by the client.

PHD Psychotherapist a graduate of EAGALA.
Individualized therapy sessions are available for people who suffer from various
social/emotional disorders, addiction and PTSD. Contact us via email for more info.

In 2017 SHI will be able to offer scholarships to individuals who would otherwise not be able to afford and benefit from the individualized counseling sessions provided by Equine Assisted Therapy program. Grant writing will enable us to offer E.A.T. to these individuals.

As anticipated for 2017, Saving Horses, Inc, is expanding the Equine Assisted Therapy Program. With a grant from Country Friends, we are able to partner with “Generate Hope”, to provide counseling to young women survivors from Human Trafficking. This program will be conducted by Susan Crimmins. Saving Horses, Inc., is also pleased to announce that Julie Freelove-Charton, PhD, will soon lead the development of The HAPPE Program, an equine-based facilitated learning and wellness program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Participants of the The HAPPE Program will engage in learning-based activities that promote improved biomechanics, postural stability, functional strength, cognitive skills, and social connections between horses and people with Parkinson’s disease. The program’s aims are to celebrate good health, good friends, and plenty of fun between horses and humans.

Through PATH International, Dr. Julie Freelove-Charton holds two certifications, as a therapeutic riding instructor and as an equine specialist in mental health and learning. She received her PhD in health behavior from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, and holds an MS in kinesiology, a professional certificate in gerontology, and a BA in psychology. She is also a hunter/jumper riding, riding under the guidance of Penny Wahler at Stone Ridge Farms in Encinitas.

Julie will also be instructing a therapeutic riding program for Autistic children. We are beginning with one child and this program will grow in the future with funding.



"Working with Susan and the horses has been profoundly transformative for me. I am learning about subconscious relational patterns that have held me back for decades. Sessions with Susan touch into deep places in the heart and soul I haven't been able to access in any other way, despite exposure to many non-traditional healing arts. Something about the horses ignites the psyche and gently guides it to a place of restoration and wholeness. Eponaquest gives me hope that new narratives of intimacy and healing are not only possible for me; they are already writing themselves."

Lisa P.