MINT HILL – Maria Hogge opened Mending Strides Ranch on July 16 to help those struggling with the effects of trauma, neglect and hardship through the use of rescued horses in equine assisted therapies.
As a survivor of domestic abuse, Hogge understands the challenges along the way to recovery.
“It is my dream to share with other survivors the road to healing so that they too can lead fulfilling lives,” Hogge said. “I understand the gift that horses have to offer. Their strong survival instincts, herd mentality, nonjudgmental character and ability to live in the moment, make them ideal for working through the issues that trauma survivors experience.”
With its rolling pasture, woods, and stream, the nonprofit therapy barn provides a serene and natural setting for its rescued horses and for clients at 8636 Blair Road.
Hogge, a certified equine specialist, provides daily care and training of the rescued Mustangs. A few were rescued from the more than 45,000 Mustangs living in government holding pens across the nation, an issue Hogge wants to raise awareness.
Hogge and licensed professional councilors lead equine assisted therapy sessions that are customized based on individual needs and personal growth goals.
Ongoing therapy programs are slated to include sessions designed for the needs of military veterans seeking to restore balance in their lives, for domestic violence survivors, for those seeking assistance with anger management and others.
On the web: www.mendingstridesranch.com