Free Rein Foundation

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Community


18381 Goldenwest StreetHuntington Beach, CA 92648 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is simple: to empower kids with the support and life lessons necessary to make sound decisions in a changing world, while providing a rehabilitative home and purpose to horses that were abused and abandoned. The relationships created in our program are powerful, infectious and lifelong. Most importantly, they are mutually beneficial. It's amazing to see how impactful even just one healthy, equitable relationship can be on both our kids and our rescued horses. But, we can't do it alone. We are grateful for the support of our past, present, and future Horse Nation Foundation corporate partners -- the many businesses across Southern California that contribute to our mission of adding support and guidance every day to the lives of kids and horses who support and empower each other


Horse Nation Foundation was created to bring together two vulnerable populations in our community - abused horses and at-risk kids - in a program that would nurture them both. Dr. Carole Harris leads our effort, alongside her twin sister Mary Behrens, to adopt and rehabilitate horses that have been discarded and abused. Once a rescued horse is rehabilitated, we enlist their incredible, "horse sense," in our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program. For many of the horses involved, this is the first time they have been cared for by a human. For many of the kids involved, this is the first time they’ve felt invested in by anyone. Both child and horse leave our program visibly restored, with new hope for their futures. With the help and support of the Huntington Beach and Los Angeles Police Departments, the Horse Nation Foundation program has changed the lives of kids, horses, and the people who steward on their behalf.


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