Triple H Equitherapy Center

Horse Power Heals

Pipe Creek, TX   |  www.triple-h.org

Mission

Triple H Equitherapy Center improves the health and quality of life for people with special needs through equine-assisted activities and therapy.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Ginger Eways

Operations Director

Mrs. Keisha Gonzales

Main address

791 Backhaus Rd

Pipe Creek, TX 78063 USA

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Formerly known as

Horses Helping the Handicapped, Inc.

EIN

74-2746369

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Mental Health Disorders (F70)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT) reduces the significant gap in community-based support services for people with special needs, who face many challenges that others do not. One of their major challenges is finding quality, affordable supportive services to meet their physical, behavioral, and mental health needs. Resources for non-institutionalized therapy are extremely limited especially in rural areas. Research shows that EAAT or "equitherapy" promotes positive health outcomes for people with physical, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Equitherapy, as an adjunct to primary health care, offers distinctive experiences that traditional physical therapy and mental health counseling do not. In fact, a horse may be the most powerful physician a person with special needs will meet.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Riding to Independence

Serves children and adults who struggle with a wide variety of physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. While learning to ride, they work on individual therapy goals. Some become independent riders.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International 2018

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2018

Awards

Premier Agency from 1996 to present 2013

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percent of client with special needs who achieve their individually tailored therapy goals. At least 85% of clients with special need in equine-therapy classes achieve their individual therapy goals.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric relates to all programs. At least 85% of clients will achieve their individual therapeutic objectives. On average over the last 3 years, 90% of all clients achieved their objectivesx.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Triple H Equitherapy Center offers a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapy, including (1) therapeutic horseback riding, (2) equine-assisted learning for life skills/special education students, and (3) horse-facilitated mental health programs for at-risk youth and veterans. The primary purpose of all programs is to help clients achieve individual therapeutic goals that improve their physical, behavioral, and mental health outcomes. To do this, clients learn and practice horse-handling and/or horseback riding skills that empower them to become healthier as well as more self-sufficient. Holistic benefits strengthen mind, body, and spirit, resulting in improved quality of life for program participants as well as their families and caregivers. Stronger individuals become more successful at home, at school, and at work. Consequently, the fabric of our communities grow stronger and becomes a healthier place for all of us.

Horse-powered programs at Triple H offer distinctive experiences that traditional therapy does not. As a result, clients often respond more quickly to equitherapy than to traditional methods of treatment. Frequently, intractable cases respond to the human-horse relationship when all else has failed. Equitherapy is special because of distinctive characteristics such as these:
(1) Program activities take place outdoors—the healing benefits of nature nourish spirits while clients enjoy beautiful Hill Country scenery, the sky, and fresh air. (2) There is no clinical setting. Triple H therapists (horses) live in the barn. Clients interact with their horses in the barn, in the outdoor arena, and on scenic riding trails. They see pastures and trees and enjoy the unassuming ambiance of the 210-acre ranch. (3)
Equitherapy focuses on strengths and abilities—what a child or adult can do vs. focusing on rehabilitating a defective part. (4) Interacting with horses engages the mind, the body, the senses, and the emotions at the same time. By involving the whole person, equitherapy promotes healing, health, and wholeness on all levels at the same time—mind, body, and spirit. (5) An atmosphere of unconditional love and acceptance envelopes clients as they bond with their horses and human members of the therapy team—instructors, counselors, and
volunteers. This “agape” environment promotes respect, self-worth, confidence, peace of mind, and joy. As individuals become empowered, their spirits soar. (6) Clients, who often have limited social activities because of their disabilities, enjoy socializing with their peers and developing friendships with other clients. (7) Equitherapy is fun—it’s therapy but doesn’t feel like therapy. It feels like play. And, as Dr. Stuart Brown, contemporary American psychiatrist, noted: “Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities."

The key strategy is for the person with special needs to develop a relationship with their therapy horse. The unique characteristics of the horse address the special need of the individual who has physical, behavioral, and/or mental challenges. This human horse bond is the catalyst that motivates change.
How do these large, gentle animals help children and adults with special needs? From a physical standpoint, riding can help people develop their sense of body awareness and improve balance, core strength, posture and other mind-body coordination issues. Riding can even help children learn to walk: The rhythmic movements of the horse simulate the walking gait of humans, which can help kids build the balance and strength to take steps on their own. Riding can also lead to improvements in breathing, speech, bladder control and bowel function.
People also benefit mentally from developing a connection with a social animal known for being responsive to human emotional states. Clients can improve their emotional expression and self-regulation, as well as reduce anxiety. Research bears this out on heart rate variability between humans and horses, whose outcomes point to the mood-boosting effect of the horse.
Less tangible, but just as important, is the sense of empowerment gained by clients of all ages as they develop a relationship with their horses. Josh, a combat veteran who has PTSD, now volunteers to help other veterans participating in Triple H’s mental health program. “My idea of what I was actually capable of changed completely once riding became a central part of my life,” he says. “The special thing about horses is that they do not judge…horses offer a liberating kind of freedom in the saddle that carries over into daily life.”
People of all ages and medical conditions respond to the healing energy of horses.

Maintaining a corps of well-trained volunteers is essential for program success and to augment the small staff of 4 full-time and 5 part-time employees. Each year a dedicated corps of more than 100 volunteers donate over 6,000 service hours. On average, between 150 and 200 people with special needs participate in programs each year, and they receive approximately 5,500 therapy hours. Core service areas are
therapeutic horseback riding, therapeutic horsemanship consisting of ground (dismounted) activities, equine-facilitated learning activities, and horse-assisted psychotherapy. The therapy team includes 21 horses, PATH certified instructors, licensed professional counselors, and trained volunteers.
Triple H is special because its therapists live in a barn. They are horses. Horse powered therapy offers distinctive experiences that traditional physical and mental health therapy do not. In addition to helping clients reach individual health goals, everyone experiences these health benefits: (1) Exercise—working with horses increases mobility, strength, and balance. (2) Socializing—interaction with horses, volunteers, and
staff reduces loneliness and builds friendships. (3) Energy—learning new skills builds confidence, improves memory, invigorates the body, and stimulates the mind. (4) Joy—the healing benefits of nature and caring for a magnificent animal such as a horse nourish spirits while clients enjoy the beautiful Hill Country scenery, the sky, and fresh air.

For the last 26 years, Triple H has provided healing and health for individuals with special needs through nationally accredited equine-assisted activities and therapies in a safe Hill Country environment. Triple H organizational values emphasize excellence. That’s why for over 23 years, since 1996, Triple H has earned its credentials as a premier therapeutic horsemanship center accredited through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Intl.) As such, Triple H adheres to the highest standards of safety and professionalism in the industry. Triple H’s demonstrated excellence promotes optimal outcomes for individuals with special needs.
Maintaining a corps of well-trained volunteers is essential for program success and to augment the small staff of 4 full-time and 5 part-time employees. Each year a dedicated corps of more than 100 volunteers donate over 6,000 service hours. On average, between 180 and 200 people with special needs participate in programs each year, and they receive approximately 5,500 therapy hours. Core service areas are
therapeutic horseback riding, equine-facilitated learning activities, and horse-assisted psychotherapy. The therapy team includes 21 horses,
PATH certified instructors, licensed professional counselors, and trained volunteers. In all programs, well over 85% of participants achieved their individual therapy objectives.
Triple H is special because its therapists live in a barn. They are horses. Horse powered therapy offers distinctive experiences that traditional physical and mental health therapy do not. In addition to helping clients reach individual health goals, everyone experiences these holistic benefits: (1) Exercise—working with horses increases mobility, strength, and balance. (2) Socializing—interaction with horses, volunteers, and staff reduces loneliness and builds friendships. (3) Energy—learning new skills builds confidence, improves memory, invigorates the body, and stimulates the mind. (4) Joy—the healing benefits of nature and caring for a magnificent animal such as a horse nourish spirits while clients enjoy the beautiful Hill Country scenery, the sky, and fresh air.

Financials

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Triple H Equitherapy Center

Board of directors
as of 3/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Tracy Range

Travel Consultant, Range Travel

Term: 2015 - 2022

Jay Pennington

Pennington Technical Arts, Film Actor

Jennifer Uecker, CPA

USAA Real Estate Company

Sharon Treece

Retired, Well Fargo

Brett Clark

EXPEL Technologies

Elaine Palance

Owner, Elaine Palance Designs & Jack Palance Art

Janet Casey

Retired VP, Americair of San Antonio

Sarah Pennington

USAA

Rebecca Dinnin

Self-Employed Nonprofit Consultant

Margaret Eckhardt

Senior Specialist Operations, USAA Real Estate

Anne Gaynor

Certified Risk & Compliance Mgr., USAA Real Estate

Katrin Ludwig

Self-Employed

Diane Skillrud

Retired, Corporate Executive Assistant

Gene Skillrud

Retired, Skillrud Family Limited Partnership

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/28/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data