Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga

Copper, a retired Thoroughbred at THS, offers support to a therapy participant.


Services: Sanctuary, Equine-Assisted

Location: Saratoga Springs, NY

Founded: 2018


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Average Number of Thoroughbreds: 6

Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga (THS) supports retired racehorses in leading a peaceful, safe, and meaningful life by rescuing, retraining, and utilizing horses in therapeutic programs. THS partners with licensed mental health clinicians to provide equine-assisted psychotherapy services. At THS, horses are given a second career as a source of support for some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community. This includes adults and children with mental illness, veterans, victims of domestic violence, and other populations in need of care.

Our mission is to rescue and retrain retired racehorses to become valuable partners with people engaged in therapeutic programs.

Executive Director Dr. Erin Christopher-Sisk has 25 years of experience in the mental health field, including 18 years operating her own practice, ECS Psychological Services. THS partners with ECS Psychological Services to ensure that individuals receive professional care from a licensed mental health clinician along with a highly trained equine partner.

Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga focuses on providing a permanent home for unsound or injured racehorses who have limited prospects for a second career in mounted disciplines. Horses that come to our program enjoy a leisurely retirement in rolling pastures on a 27-acre property located just five miles from Saratoga Racecourse.

Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga is a volunteer-based organization and relies heavily on its team of dedicated volunteers to support the care of its growing herd.


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