Saddles In Service at Storm Son's Ranch is a Veteran founded non-profit promoting wellness and healing for our Heroes and Horses at absolutely no cost to participants!
Who are our Heroes?
They are Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and First Responders.
Through the Saddles In Service program our Heroes and Horses learn to trust one another through care, groundwork, and riding. We challenge our Heroes to be vulnerable and reach deep inside themselves, to face their fears and doubts. It is our hope that our Heroes will be able to discover new strengths in their healing process.
The Saddles In Service program offers Active Duty Military, Veterans, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, and First Responders the unique opportunity to explore their own healing alongside a rescue horse. Many men and women experience different stressors throughout their service to our Nation and communities. It is our goal to assist Heroes in their process of working through these stressors. According to a study conducted by Baylor University, Equine Therapy has proven to lessen depression, anxiety, and isolation in combat-Veterans.
Saddles In Service opened to the public in December of 2017, serving one Hero at the time. By December 2018, Saddles In Service has served over 200 Heroes. Our goal is to serve our Heroes who may be experiencing PTSD, feel anxious, depressed, angry, or isolated. These everyday Heroes put their lives on the line, and always put others first. Protecting the public comes so natural to our Heroes. It is time for someone to put them first. We created this program to show our Heroes, that they are not alone in their everyday battles.
Our program is absolutely free to our Heroes and their families. Our program is tailored to fit the specific physical and emotional needs of each Hero we serve. We carefully pair Hero and Horse and assist the pair in building their relationship through grooming, groundwork, and riding. Horses can sense human emotion and react based on those emotions. While working with their horses, our Heroes learn the importance of being aware and begin to work on controlling their emotions. Throughout the program, Heroes will regain confidence, learn patience, and rediscover themselves.
Are you ready to take the first step in your journey?
Any and all donations, no matter the size, support our mission to help our nation's Heroes in their journey of healing.
Giving just $50 feeds one horse for one week and $200 feeds and cares for one horse for a month. Please click here to sponsor one of our horses.
Mike and Tammy's dream of Saddles In Service at Storm Son's Ranch became a reality when Mike retired from the United States Navy in 2016. They purchased an equestrian ranch in Alpine, California. A few months later, Tammy learned about a group of horses that had been rescued from a abusive environment and were in need of forever homes. Two days later, Storm Son's Ranch had their first two rescue horses. Today, the ranch is home to thirteen amazing horses, each horse with a unique story.
Tammy wanted to not only rescue the horses, but also give them a new purpose. Tammy's passion for Veterans and their families paired with her love of horses created the idea of Saddles In Service. The idea grew to include First responders, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, EMT and their families. These Heroes have a calling to serve their Nation and their local communities. Throughout their service many of these Heroes encounter unimagable hardships that can create lifelong physical and mental health challenges. Tammy wanted to create a place where Heroes can begin their journey of healing alongside rescue horses.
Tammy and Mike started to put the foundation in motion. Tammy enlisted the help of her good friend, Jill Breen. Jill and Tammy started to create the non-profit organization known as Saddles in Service. Saddles in Service opened to the public in December of 2017.