“Melissa, you have been one of my biggest supporters, and you have helped give me the confidence to do what we did today. It was an extraordinarily successful day. It’s a starting point, and all of us are very optimistic about the future.”
Kansas Carradine, CEGE - Cavalia Trick Rider, Performer
My daughter, Sammy, started working with Horses Healing Hearts this past year. Sammy is a part of the Workability program at San Ramon Valley High School. Workability helps students with special needs explore different careers. Sammy LOVES animals. She has worked as a volunteer at the Humane Society for the past 5 years helping cats and dogs. Sammy loves horses, and so she wanted to explore a job working with horses. Sammy’s time at Horses Healing Hearts exceeded all of our expectations. Melissa, the owner of Horses Healing Hearts, is amazing. She is very supporting and allows Sammy to learn at her own pace. And then there are the horses… Even though they have been rescued from abusive or neglectful situations, they helped Sammy grow and learn. Horses seem to have some inner peace and strength. They are more intelligent and empathetic than I had realized.

Sammy struggles with anxiety and attention. Even though at first she was anxious about working with such big animals, she soon grew to love them and trust them and herself. Sammy formed a special relationship with her favorite, Diesel, a really large horse, who would nuzzle her head and almost give her kisses. She learned how to be responsible and work with Diesel so as to keep them both safe. In addition, she had to learn to focus on exactly what she was doing or the horse would stop “listening” to her. This was really funny sometimes, but it motivated her to stay on task. I never expected Sammy to end up with a career working with horses, but with a lot of extra work by Sammy, I could now envision her working in a horse environment.

I would recommend anybody to work with or support Horses Healing Hearts. Melissa has a heart of gold and puts forth an amazing amount of time, energy and love to help horses in need.

Amy S.
“Melissa at Horses Healing Hearts has a huge heart and has helped countless horses in need. She’s always had time to give me advice on rescuing and connected me with other great organizations. Keep it up HHH, you’re helping out the community in so many wonderful ways!”
Ashley P., Pleasant Hill, CA
“Melissa – It was so great to meet you this morning!!! You are such an inspiration. I am so on board with helping in any way that I can. Thank you for letting me hang out. It’s been YEARS since I got my “horse on”. In your spare time you should write a book. Seriously.”
Jen French, Danville, CA
“The work being done at Horses Healing Hearts, Inc. is truly amazing. Melissa Austin is following her heart and connecting horses and people in ways I never thought possible.”
Jay Kravitz, rsneight Designs
“Already, in just two days, you’ve made more difference than a team of doctors. Petting and grooming your horses made (my wife) feel so much better, and gave her hope, something to live for, and even look forward to.”
Stan, Brentwood, CA
“What is so very remarkable to me about Horses Healing Hearts is that these amazing horses have the ability and willingness to help people heal in spite of the abuse they have experienced. I spent an equine-guided session with Melissa and Dixie (a rescued horse) and I came away knowing that I should trust myself and not be afraid of the change I want to make in my career. Thank you both for helping me to follow my dream!!”
Jack Kennedy, California