Synopsis: Horses don’t judge and they accept us as we are. Horses offer a safe, intuitive and peaceful setting for deep healing to take place, as they help us bring parts of ourselves to light. Follow Kendall’s journey through self-love and self-acceptance with the help of mental health professionals and a special horse, named Magic.
This animated short story of real-life client experiences was produced by Horses for Mental Health, with the support of title sponsor, Zoetis, for the Seen Through Horses public awareness and peer-to-peer fundraising campaign 2022.
Lynn Thomas, Co-Founder/President (USA)
Horses For Mental Health
Lynn Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, receiving her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Utah in 1995. She first developed a program integrating horses as a primary treatment component while serving as Executive Director of Aspen Ranch, a residential boarding school for troubled adolescents.
In 1999, Lynn co-founded Eagala, the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, providing training and certification in the Eagala Model of incorporating horses in psychotherapy. In the 21 years she served as its CEO, Lynn built Eagala into a leading organization in the area of horses for mental health.
Lynn co-founded and presently serves as CEO of Arenas for Change (ARCH), an organization focused on a values-based community learning and supporting one another in facilitation concepts that increase emotional safety and deepen client stories bringing healing and change in mental health and overall well-being. Thanks to the work over the years of Lynn and her team, involving horses in psychotherapy sessions has gone from a little-known approach to a widely accepted and credible mental health option, backed by research.
With Lynn’s experience, vision, and passion for the impact horses have on well-being, she co-founded Horses for Mental Health (HMH) in 2021 to build momentum, expand the movement, and uplift programs worldwide to impact and strengthen global mental health through horses.