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Equine-Assisted Therapy

Equine-assisted therapy has been utilized throughout the United States for over thirty years. It is a proven method to exercise, mobilize, and motivate the mind and body.

HELP instructors and therapists work closely with other professionals and families to individualize every session to meet each client's goals. This team effort challenges clients to use their equine skills to benefit their daily lives.

Safety is the foremost concern. Each client works with qualified instructors/therapists, volunteers, and equine partners. Each team member has been screened and trained to make each session a success.

We are proud to offer various equine assisted therapies, including therapeutic riding and equine facilitated psychotherapy/equine facilitated learning. We are able to conduct personalized sessions to meet a variety of challenges.

HELP's successes are not miracles, but result from the caring and cooperation of many people. Clients, families, volunteers, and sponsors are having amazing results. If you have the time, talent, or treasure to become a part of HELP's team and share in our success, we'd love to hear from you.

Check out our new gallery on the Meet the Herd page!

Our Staff

Stephanie Powell, Executive Director


Stephanie is a PATH International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and a Certified Special Olympics Equestrian Coach. Starting at a young age she caught the horse-loving bug. Her riding education began early and continued with over 8 years of hunter/jumper lessons in Manor, Texas, including show experience in TSSA, CenTex, and CTHJA.

Combining her love for horses and helping others, she became involved in therapeutic riding. This led to opportunities to work with at-risk youth, Horses for Heroes, summer camps, and a chemical dependency program.

With a passion for partnering horses with humans and a focus on horsemanship, her teaching style encourages the connection between horse and rider from the very beginning.

Her herd includes an 18-year-old thoroughbred gelding named Pencil and a cat.

Our Board of Advisors

Micki Eubanks

Micki has volunteered at HELP since 2006, and served on the board since 2009. She and her mare, Shasta, enjoy riding trails around her home in Taylor.

Beau Whitaker, DVM

Dr. Beau Whitaker grew up near Nashville, Tennessee working on his family's farm. Prior to attending veterinary school, he trained halter horses professionally in north Texas. Beau graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Upon graduation, he completed an internship at Arizona Equine in Gilbert, Arizona. Subsequently, Beau then worked as a veterinarian at the 6666's Ranch in Guthrie, Texas. Beau moved to Salado, Texas, and joined Dr. T’s Equine Clinic (now Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, Salado) in 2007, where he established a busy lameness and sports medicine clientele. Beau is interested in equine rehabilitation and received his Certification in Equine Rehabilitation Therapy (CERT) in 2014 from the University of Tennessee.

Kirk Zippe

Kirk has been a volunteer at HELP since 1999 and President of the board since 2009. He welcomes you to HELP and looks forward to sharing the wonderful and memorable experiences you and your child will have riding with us.  

His son Auggie started riding with HELP in 1999 at age 2, and rode there for 13 years. He has since graduated and continues to ride at an equestrian center without assistance. Now 20, he continues to learn to ride English and is trotting and jumping on his own.

Expect miracles and enjoy the ride!

Vacant (email director@helpcenterofaustin.org if interested)

Our Partner

Please, stay tuned for more information on our up-and-coming mental health professional.

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Since 1984, HELP has provided a safe and caring environment for people with challenges to experience the joy of equine partnership.
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