3H - Horses Healing Hearts, Inc.


Our mission is to educate the community about the value, benefits, and life changing gifts horses can provide to all of us while simultaneously providing assistance to equines in need.

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Horses Healing Hearts, Inc. (3H) is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity (tax ID #45-4199939) that provides rescue, rehabilitation, temporary assistance and adoption for horses that are at risk, neglected, abused, unwanted or otherwise in need of special care. The organization also works to increase access to the multitude of benefits horses provide to both adults and children through the experiential modality called, Equine Guided Education (EGE) offering sessions, workshops & team-builders to help people see themselves; through the eyes of the horse.

Located in Pleasanton, CA., is the 3H rescue, rehabilitation, and education facility for horses. To date, 3H has offered assistance to over 60 horses including: Liberty, Buddy, Spirit, Zorro, Norman, Mustang Sally, Ferrari, Max, Major, Penny, Blackjack, Jax, Sheyenne, Luna, Cody, Canela, Dixie, Shelby, Bien Amour, Hope, Vegas, Bonita, Baby, Rockstar, Diamond, Romeo, Indy, Zarif, Rose, Velvet, Sapphire, Mystic, Compadre, Angel, Bella, Gus, Grady and Zeus/Taco. Each horses holds a unique story to share and educate. Like humans, horses too have special needs, special situations and circumstances.

3H also offers temporary assistance for horse owners that may simply need to access short-term financial help in order to keep their beloved equine(s). 3H understands that no one is immune to financial hardship and/or life threatening circumstances. Perhaps a little financial help keeps the horse in his beloved home, or perhaps unforeseen circumstances prevent you from continuing ownership. On a case-by -case basis 3H will review the situation and provide assistance in the most efficient and timely manner.

In the near future, with your donations, programs will be designed specifically for kids. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies, and Foster Kids can all take part in an opportunity to get hands on with horses. The youth-at-risk population is encouraged to take part as community service hours mandated by the court system can also be fulfilled at the ranch. In the near future, 3H will be featuring scholarships opportunities.

Melissa Austin is a certified Equine Guided Educator that offers sessions t the public where you have an opportunity to interact and communicate with horses from an unmounted perspective (riding skills not necessary). EGE will help you gain clarity to authentically listen to and understand your intuition and energy. You will get feedback from the horses which will help you to process valuable life lessons and guide you toward manifesting all that you desire in your life. This type of feedback will enhance your emotional intelligence. You will become more focused on your visions and values and this will provide a new solid foundation to better present yourself in your daily life.

These customized programs work with corporate development, youth empowerment classes, family workshops, and sessions with mental health practitioners utilizing the methods of EGE to reach clients.

The benefits of Horses Healing Hearts, Inc. are life changing. "See yourself through the eyes of the horse". Individuals, groups and families have agreed this type of experiential therapy can help you gain clarity, become un-stuck, and live authentically. Results empower you to lead a more fulfilling life. We call it, The Equi-Spirit Experience. These programs help fund the ongoing work of 3H.

"The introduction of Youth Homes and Horses Healing Hearts was serendipitous. There was an immediate connection because of the parallels of our work - healing traumatized clients. For our foster youth, as part of their interaction with the horses, they become the caretakers for a change and help the formally abused horses heal. This is a powerful therapeutic experience for our kids; there has been an amazing shift in those who have participated in the program. They are learning that healing often comes from giving. The partnership with Horses Healing Hearts illustrates the impact of non-profits working together to advance their respective mission."

CEO, Stuart McCullough

My daughter, Sammy, started working with Horses Healing Hearts this past year. Sammy is a part of the Workability program at San Ramon Valley High School. Workability helps students with special needs explore different careers. Sammy LOVES animals. She has worked as a volunteer at the Humane Society for the past 5 years helping cats and dogs. Sammy loves horses, and so she wanted to explore a job working with horses. Sammy's time at Horses Healing Hearts exceeded all of our expectations. Melissa, the owner of Horses Healing Hearts, is amazing. She is very supporting and allows Sammy to learn at her own pace. And then there are the horses… Even though they have been rescued from abusive or neglectful situations, they helped Sammy grow and learn. Horses seem to have some inner peace and strength. They are more intelligent and empathetic than I had realized.
Sammy struggles with anxiety and attention. Even though at first she was anxious about working with such big animals, she soon grew to love them and trust them and herself. Sammy formed a special relationship with her favorite, Diesel, a really large horse, who would nuzzle her head and almost give her kisses. She learned how to be responsible and work with Diesel so as to keep them both safe. In addition, she had to learn to focus on exactly what she was doing or the horse would stop "listening" to her. This was really funny sometimes, but it motivated her to stay on task. I never expected Sammy to end up with a career working with horses, but with a lot of extra work by Sammy, I could now envision her working in a horse environment.

I would recommend anybody to work with or support Horses Healing Hearts. Melissa has a heart of gold and puts forth an amazing amount of time, energy and love to help horses in need.

Amy S.

"Melissa at Horses Healing Hearts has a huge heart and has helped countless horses in need. She's always had time to give me advice on rescuing and connected me with other great organizations. Keep it up 3H you're helping out the community in so many wonderful ways!"

Ashley P., Pleasant Hill, CA

"Melissa - It was so great to meet you this morning!!! You are such an inspiration. I am so on board with helping in any way that I can. Thank you for letting me hang out. It's been YEARS since I got my "horse on". In your spare time you should write a book. Seriously."

Jen French, Danville, CA

"The work being done at Horses Healing Hearts, Inc. is truly amazing. Melissa Austin is following her heart and connecting horses and people in ways I never thought possible."

Jay Kravitz, rsneight Designs

"Already, in just two days, you've made more difference than a team of doctors. Petting and grooming your horses made (my wife) feel so much better, and gave her hope, something to live for, and even look forward to."

Stan, Brentwood, CA

"What is so very remarkable to me about Horses Healing Hearts is that these amazing horses have the ability and willingness to help people heal in spite of the abuse they have experienced. I spent an equine-guided session with Melissa and Dixie (a rescued horse) and I came away knowing that I should trust myself and not be afraid of the change I want to make in my career. Thank you both for helping me to follow my dream!!"

Jack Kennedy, California

"Melissa, you have been one of my biggest supporters, and you have helped give me the confidence to do what we did today (fundraiser). It was an extraordinarily successful day. It's a starting point, and all of us are very optimistic about the future helping horses and humans."

Kansas Carradine, CEGE - Cavalia Trick Rider, Performer