Carter Stables is located in Shelby County Kentucky. Our mission is to provide equine-assisted mental health therapy to United States Service Members and their significant others in a peaceful, rural setting.
Active duty service members state seeking help for mental health issues is viewed as a “career-ender” in the military. Even after discharge from active duty, veterans persist in viewing such help as stigmatizing.... (read more) Carter Stables is on a farm, integrated in the community. We don’t look like a clinic or hospital, so there is no need for the service member to contend with the perceived stigma of going to an “institutional” place for help.
Carter Stables’ equine assisted therapy program is in the process of being certified by the Eagala organization. Eagala was one of the first organizations to develop a concrete model of professional standards for incorporating horses into mental health treatment and is the only certifying entity recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs. (eagala.org)
In the future , Carter Stables hopes to expand our program. We would like to develop a therapeutic riding program for service members who would benefit from that therapeutic approach.