"...I saw kids who were completely non-verbal begin to use words for the first time. Kids with autism became more focused and attentive. I watched people whose lives were spent looking up from a wheelchair develop a new sense of confidence as they smiled down from the back of a horse. I marveled as people who started out with almost no core trunk strength improved so dramatically that they could actually post a trot with little or no help. And I also discovered the true reason that God had brought beautiful horses into my life, and had helped me survive a catastrophic illness. He had a plan, and that plan was BraveHearts".

~Marge Tautkus Gunnar

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Bringing hope, joy and unlimited possibilities through the healing power of the horse.

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BraveHearts is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.).Premier Accredited Center at both locations.

Our veterans program operates under the auspices of PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes.

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Be at the Belmont with Bravehearts!
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Congratulations to our "Break the Winter Blues" raffle winner- John Wennmacher!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this raffle.

WE also are most grateful to our sponsors AA and Four Seasonswho made this happen.

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BraveHearts is excited to announce our new opportunity for donors to become recurring sponsors!
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"I have had the pleasure of visiting BraveHearts on a few occasions, and witnessing firsthand what horses do for the human spirit. I adore both the horses and the people here!  I encourage you to visit, support, and remember BraveHearts so that they may continue all of their very, very good work."

-Betty White


Our Partners

 American Airlines     •    American Hippotherapy Association    •     Aurora Vet Center    •        Becca’s Legacy    •     Canine Companions        Capt. James Lovell VA Hospital    Department of Children and Family Services         Division of Specialized Care for Children     •     Easter Seals    •     Experience Works    •    Fort Sheridan First Calvary      Goldie B. Floberg Center    •    Hines VA      Illinois Joining Forces      
Jesse Brown VA Hospital    •    Lake-McHenry County Veterans' Initiative     •    Madison VA Outpatient Clinic    •         McHenry County Adult Program   Midwest Renegades    •    Milwaukee VA Hospital  
Mustang Heritage Foundation     •    National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification   •     Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging      North Boone School District      •     Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association     •    Oak Park Vet Center    •  Operation Support Our Troops  •  Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Intl.      PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes  Provider Connections     •    Rockford Passages Hospice    •     Regional Access and Mobilization Project    •     Regional Alternative School, Winnebago County     Rockford VA Outpatient Clinic       •      Salute, Inc.    •    Saint Coletta's of Illinois  
 Seguin Services, Inc.    •     Senior Community Services Employment Program   Special Education District of McHenry County      Special Olympics of Illinois     •    The Heart of a Marine Foundation    
William Shatner's Hollywood Charity Horse Show     Wounded Warriors