Our Story: Stockhands Horses for Healing is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, equine assisted learning center located in Delaware, Ohio. We started as a small barn with the vision of giving every person the opportunity to learn and heal alongside an equestrian friend. We have since grown into a multi-program barn that continues to change the lives of our participants. Our specialized programs focus on the physical and emotional needs of our clients and partners. Our goal is to focus on the person as a whole; mind, body and spirit. We combine physical activities and challenges with our equine partners with specialized learning opportunities to teach our participants about the horses, and more importantly about themselves.
Mission statement: Our mission is to facilitate a positive and nonjudgmental environment for participants and their families. Stockhands is a place where human and animal relationships can flourish through effective and creative equine assisted therapy.
History: Co-Founders Tim Funk and Lisa Benton founded Stockhands Horses for Healing based on the simple theory that horses can heal you. Each of them brings their own passion and unique talents to make Stockhands Horses for Healing the multi-purpose facility it is today.
Location and Services: Proudly serving our home county of Delaware and all surrounding counties, we offer equine assisted learning opportunities in a variety of ways, to a broad range of clients, customers and partners. Our equine assisted learning programs include:
Our weekly participant lessons (approximately 70 lessons per week) – Sunday through Thursday
Delaware Hayes at risk youth program – Wednesdays and Fridays, multiple groups each day (September through May)
Alpha Group (Westerville, Lewis Center and Delaware) – Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Veterans and First Responder Groups – Veterans 1st and 3rd Friday, First Responders 2nd and 4th Friday
Formerly homeless veterans from National Church Residences – the last Friday of the month
Read with the Horses – every second Saturday of the month
Operational structure: We have a five-member board that oversees all activities and financial aspects of Stockhands. While 95% of our operations are volunteer based, we do have five part-time, paid instructors, equine specialists and business administration employees.