Horses of Hope / Caballos de Esperanza Inc., is a therapeutic riding center, located in beautiful Isabela, Puerto Rico.
We provide therapeutic riding, equine education, and equine-assisted activities for people with disabilities and those suffering from trauma. Our programs are suitable for children ages 4 years and up and all ages of adults.
Our instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH, Int'l) and we follow the highest standards of safety and evidence-based methods in the industry.
We are a registered non-profit charitable organization in Puerto Rico as well as a 501(c)(3) federal nonprofit (EIN# 66-0907166).
Our Philosophy and Culture
Horses of Hope’s Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) services are built on a foundation of respect, empathy, trust, and cooperation. This creates empowerment for humans and equines alike.
We work to build success for each individual by addressing their unique abilities and helping them meet their needs and goals physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially.
Our environment is positive, welcoming to everyone and supportive. We also follow the highest standards in the industry so it can be safe for all.
Through the combination of our equines, volunteers and instructors, we transform “I can’t” into “I CAN” for our clients. The collaboration of our students' goals, PATH Intl. Certified Instructors, trained volunteers, and amazing equine partners help people to recognize all they can do for themselves and others.
Our paddock and pastures are on 22 acres located just east of the Isabela Pueblo on Carr. 113.
The therapy and training facility is being built on four acres located at Iglesia Ciudad de Salvación.
Our first event – a fundraiser - groundbreaking for our new facility, and a celebration of success - will take place soon. To prepare we are raising funds through PayPal, Facebook and GoFundMe. Follow us on Facebook for updates and the event date.
In the meantime, we are continuing to care for our equines, and working on plans to provide the best possible pastures, storage, visitor areas and an arena that will protect our clients, volunteers, and horses from rain and sun.
Our journey started more than 2 years ago with a vision of creating a center that represented hope, strength, and capacity for learning through the power of our equines. We spent months earning certifications from PATH Int'l. and learning from mentors. Twice we lost the property we were using. Then Hurricane Maria devastated the island. As we worked to help our communities recover, helping other horse owners, helping another struggling riding center, and volunteering to take aid to remote areas, we found more support than ever for our center. All this led us to a place just east of the Isabela Pueblo to keep and care for our horses and to Iglesia Ciudad de Salvación, where we are building and opening the center on land provided by and leased from the church.