Help us rescue horses and provide healing for veterans and others.

THE MEDICINE HORSE PROJECT's mission is to rescue horses who have suffered or are in jeopardy of being sent to slaughter, and create equine assisted healing programs for people. Your gift today will help us carry out our mission.

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Horses Are Good Medicine!

In September of 2015 we found out that 3 medicine hat paint horses were sitting in a "kill pen" in Texas waiting to be shipped to Mexico for slaughter. With only a couple of days to act we furiously fund raised to purchase the endangered horses from the man who would otherwise sentence them to the most inhumane death that you could imagine.

Fedora, Panama and Beanie were saved at the eleventh hour and plans were made to bring them to The Medicine Horse Project in California. They were all in very poor condition when they arrived with Beanie being the worst - skin and bones - we weren't sure he would survive. But with much TLC he did, and so did the other two. Fedora, Panama and Beanie are all doing great and loving life. They keep company with 6 rescued mustangs. We are thankful for the many kind hearted people who donated to save these horses.

Medicine Hat paints are colored horses that have a special marking around the top of their heads and ears that resembles a bonnet or hat. In early Native American culture, horses were thought to be sacred gifts from the great spirit. Those horses with the medicine hat markings were thought to have great powers of protection and healing. In fact, most of the ancient cultures that domesticated horses had similar respect and honored their equine companions. There is an old Bedouin saying: The breath of God blows between the ears of the horse. That sentiment holds true today as horses are again being acknowledged as healers with many Equine Assisted Therapy programs being developed around the world.

Chris P. is a young veteran who served with the U.S. Marines as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal tech. During his deployment Chris suffered multiple traumatic brain injuries and returned home with Post Traumatic Stress. Reintegrating to civilian life proved to be a painful process and Chris was on the edge of emotional collapse when he learned of a Horse Inspired Growth and Healing program in California. He bought a one-way ticket from Ohio and attended the retreat desperate to find peace and purpose again. After spending a 3 day journey connecting with rescued horses Chris started feeling whole and wanted to continue his life surrounded by these magical animals that helped him put the pieces of his life back together. So he stayed on at the rescue ranch and became a valued member of the staff. He credits the horses for allowing him to heal from the wounds of war and find new meaning to his life.

Chris' story of resilience is just one of many that we have witnessed during Horse and Healing programs. There is no doubt that horses are sentient beings with the power to heal the hearts of people who make a personal connection with them.

Part of our mission is to offer these types of healing retreats to people who will benefit from them. First our retreat guests will give care to our rescued horses - they will feed them, groom them, learn to train them...and that's when the magic happens. Our rescued horses will return the favor by uplifting the spirits of those connecting with them. It's hard to explain - you just have to experience it. But it happens. Every time.

Horses are Good Medicine and that's why we call ourselves The Medicine Horse Project!