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About Us

Connected Horse is the first, and foremost program innovating equine programing to benefit people with memory and dementia symptoms and care partners together.

Our Story

Connected Horse provides innovative equine-assisted workshops and training that inspire connection and engagement and improves the lives of those impacted by dementia and memory loss. Learn more about our ground-breaking program and meet our founders and the team behind Connected Horse.

Our Story
Paula Hertel works with a team during a workshop at UC Davis.
Some of the dedicated volunteers and team members of Connected Horse.

Our Team

Meet about our board of directors, get to know the team behind Connected Horse, and learn about our Connected Horse Certified Barns.



Read about the Connected Horse research partnership with UC Davis and Stanford University that launched our In-Person Workshop program. Participants in the pilot studies overwhelmingly reported quality of life benefits.

Paula Hertel works with a participant and their caregiver at UC Davis as part of the research for the Connected Horse Program.

Making Connections

Read more about how Connected Horse has impacted lives.

Connected Horse Engagement Kits are a Big Hit at Adult Day Programs - Alzheimer's Center of the East Bay

Connected Horse Engagement Kits are a Big Hit at Adult Day Programs

Increasing engagement using sensory-focused exercises and play is at the core of…
The team from Stoneridge Creek at 5-Star Equestrian Center

Professionals Experience the Power of Horses

The team at Stoneridge Creek spent the morning with our 5 Star…
Grace Naclerio, a Connected Horse Volunteer with her horse Tino.

Building Trust

Across the board what I’ve noticed is that people get really touched…
Penny Sinder of Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, one of the Connected Horse Certified Barns


Change happens when people relax and can pay more attention to their…
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