Mending Strides Ranch Mission And Upcoming 4th Annual Golf Outing

Mending Strides Ranch in Mint Hill.
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MINT HILL, NC – Mending Strides Ranch, Inc., an equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning facility, empowers those suffering the effects of trauma and hardships through the use of rescued horses to help kids, adults, veterans and first responders with PTSD and other psychological conditions cope more effectively in their daily lives.

American Legion Post 555 leadership visits Mending Strides Ranch.
American Legion Post 555 leadership visits Mending Strides Ranch.

Each session offered is customized to meet individual treatment and personal growth goals. All the various activities are focused and conducted on the grounds with no horseback riding being involved. Assisted equine therapies are experiencing interactive therapy with the horses and other animals such as a donkey or miniature horses in a relaxing and soothing environment with nature.

The animals can be a bridge between human behavior and our state of mind. They can show us how better to cope with stress in our lives, and how to like ourselves more completely and unconditionally in the world around us.

The non-profit offers several different programs which include Individual Therapy sessions for ages 7 to adults, Growing Strides for ages 10 to adult, Hanging with the Heard for veterans on Tuesdays and for teachers and first responders on Thursdays from 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm. These sessions are free and held weekly. Finally, Horse School for homeschoolers, scouts, and youth clubs is most appropriate for ages 10-16.

A Horse and Old Glory a winning combination.
A Horse and Old Glory a winning combination.

The local Mint Hill American Legion Post 555 urges local veterans, especially those from the Global War on Terror era, to contact Mending Strides directly or contact the Post Service Officer, Edwin Arce, Jr. on the non-profit organization’s Facebook page or website at for more information.

The 4th Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser will be held at Raintree Country Club on Monday, September 13, 2021. The costs are $145 for individuals and $500 for teams of four. Hole Sponsorships are available for $125, and there are Title Sponsor opportunities available as well. Registration on the day of the event is 10:30 am -11:30 am. Welcome begins at 11:30 am, and the Shotgun Start is at high noon. There will be prizes, a raffle, and a silent auction.

For more information or to register online, go directly to the following link: For additional information, visit or contact Stuart Hogge at (704) 617-2044.

Regarding registration to the different programs offered please contact Maria Hogge at (803) 242-9426 or email

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