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Located at Step Back Ranch 151 Laten Knight Road Cranston RI 02921

(Rides are not available at this time.)

            As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, I have found solace in spending time with horses. There is something incredibly calming about being in their presence and caring for them. Whether I'm grooming them, taking them for a walk, or just sitting quietly in their presence, the simple act of being around horses has a calming effect on my mind and body.

Additionally, horses have an innate ability to pick up on our emotions and provide comfort when we need it most. They are gentle giants who offer unconditional love and support, and being around them brings a sense of peace and contentment. Overall, horses have become an integral part of my mental health journey, and I want to share this with all who suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, self-esteem, CTE, and other mental and physical ailments.

Horses have been increasingly used in mental health therapy in recent years because they have a unique ability to connect with people and respond to their emotions. Equine therapy, also known as horse therapy or equine-assisted therapy, has been shown to be particularly effective in treating mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and more.

Horses are incredibly sensitive animals and are able to pick up on nonverbal cues and body language. When a person interacts with a horse, the horse is able to sense their emotional state and respond accordingly. This can help the person develop a deeper sense of self-awareness and emotional regulation, which is particularly helpful for those struggling with mental health issues.


In addition, horses provide a sense of comfort and safety to those who spend time with them. Horses are non-judgmental and accepting, which can help to build trust and create a sense of connection between the horse and the person. This bond can then be transferred to other areas of the person's life, improving their relationships with others and their overall mental well-being. Yes, there are medications, doctors, and all kinds of treatments to deal with this. Requiring health insurance, co-pays, deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, and more but there is minimal access and support for people who suffer from mental health issues.


The goal of Horses 4 Hope is to share equine therapy to all regardless of monetary value, personal issues, or social status. Help us help all who suffer from these mental and physical debilitations. Your donations will provide the needed support to ensure Horses 4 Hope can sustain itself through the care of our horses, upkeep of the farm, caretaker, and administrative support.

Our heartfelt thanks go to all who have made Horses 4 Hope possible.


Andy Calcione

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