Horse Empowered Learning Programs, Inc.

Changing Lives One Hoof Beat At a Time Since 1984


Horse Empowered Learning Programs, Inc. (H.E.L.P.) provides clients with disabilities an opportunity to develop life-long skills that will increase their personal strength, independence, and confidence.


Our Mission

Our mission is to help those with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges grow in strength and independence through personalized activities in partnership with the horse.

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Riding my horse at H.E.L.P. is fun. I get to go on secret trails with people who like to help me get stronger."

Maddie, Rider



Our Impact

We believe that horses can truly change lives because we see their impact on our clients every day. Our clients not only build lasting and deep connections with our horses, but with our team of volunteers as well—and our volunteers develop deep bonds with the people they serve. H.E.L.P. is more than an organization—it’s a family for everyone involved.

35 Years

Serving the community

Since 1984, H.E.L.P. has been changing lives one hoof beat at a time through equine assisted activities and therapies. We are proud to continue serving the greater Austin community.

51 Riders

impacted since 2016

In the past three years, H.E.L.P. has changed the lives of more than 50 riders with limited physical, emotional, or cognitive abilities.

3500 Hours

logged by our volunteers

Each year, H.E.L.P. volunteers dedicate more than 3,500 hours. From equine maintenance and working with clients to administrative assistance, our volunteers are the heroes of the organization.


Our Partners


Get Involved

Horse Empowered Learning Programs (H.E.L.P.) has been serving the Austin area since 1984. We conduct sessions on our beautiful 20-acre facility conveniently located just 4 miles east from Tech Ridge shopping and restaurants in north Austin. We not only use our arena, but are blessed with a 5-acre natural riding trail and a barn built by the Corps of Engineers in 1999.


Learn about our programs

Learn about the horse-empowered programs we offer to riders. Contact us to schedule a visit and see our facilities.

Become a volunteer

There are many ways to volunteer your time at H.E.L.P., from interacting with horses and clients to administrative tasks.

Make a Donation

H.E.L.P. provides a safe and caring environment for those with disabilities to experience the joy of equine partnership.


Like us on Facebook!

We post to Facebook the most often with information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, news, and stories from our riding lessons.

Stay up-to-date on all that’s going on with H.E.L.P.! Whether you’re a volunteer, donor, or rider, we try to make you smile and keep you informed.


Make a Donation

Your donation is critical to H.E.L.P.'s success. Our program is vital to many people with disabilities in our community. We invite you to visit our facility to see the impact your gift is having on their lives. As a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, all donations are tax deductible.