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A Heart-breaking End to 15 Hands & Hearts 


1/2023:  We are devastated to share the sudden passing of our founder, Pat New-Jenkins. Pat passed away December 20th after a courageous battle with an aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A celebration of life will take place at 1pm on January 28th at the Flagstaff Elks Lodge. Please see the Everloved site for details on how to attend either in person or virtually and leave a remembrance if you have memories to share.


To improve the wellbeing of children and adults with mental health and physical disabilities, by providing skilled therapies in a natural setting, using equines, the equine environment and equine movement, to achieve functional goals. 

Our Mission
What We Do
  • We provide Hippotherapy: Physical, Occupational and Speech/Language Therapies (PT, OT, SLP), using horses, in a natural outdoor setting. 

  • Our projects improve the health of children and adults with physical disabilities or mental health disorders. 

  • We serve individuals in Coconino and Navajo Counties by virtue of our 2 sites. One in Flagstaff AZ at Sacred Peaks Equine Therapy and in Sanders, AZ proximal to the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

  • Our therapists are experienced healthcare professionals with additional training and certification by the American Hippotherapy Association. 

  • We will start our 2022 season this March. 

Our Vision

To make mental health and physical disability rehabilitation using equines readily available to everyone who has the potential to benefit.

Therapy w/ Horses
  • 30 minutes on a horse provides the rider’s hips and pelvis with the same three-dimensional planes of motion as taking 3,000 human steps. 

  • 15 to 25 minutes of equine movement incorporated by a therapist represents 1,500 to 2,500  neuromotor inputs to the rider.

Hippotherapy Is: 
  • Hippotherapy is: Therapy including horses along with other therapy tools.

  •  It is part of your or your child’s integrated plan of care.

  • Recognized by the American Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language and Hearing Associations.  

  • Patients say “It’s FUN!"

For More Information on Hippotherapy visit:


    The therapy model BALANCE serves children and adults with mental/behavioral health difficulties.

  • BALANCE is an acronym that stands for: Be calm; Accept feelings; Let go of what you cannot control/control what you can; Address limiting beliefs; Nurture relationships; Care for self; and Efficacy.

  • The BALANCE Project, a 7-module curriculum highlights the 7 remedies identified in current research for overcoming the negative effects of stress and traumatic events.

  • Interactions with horses are part of the BALANCE program.

  • Autism 

  • Sensory Processing

  • Developmental Delay

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech and Language

  • Head injury

  • Cerebral Palsy

Who Will Benefit?





Domestic Abuse

Sexual Assault

Burn Out


​     Individuals with:

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