What people are saying about HRF

My time spent with horse rhythm foundation isn’t easy to put into a few sentences. I could go on and on about how this organization has changed my life and changed my outlook on basically everything I encounter on a daily basis. I spent most of my time with Major an outstanding horse that shared similar characteristics with me. Spending as much time with him as I did I learned very quickly what made him mad what made him happy and how to act around him. He also learned a lot about me we worked together to make a solid relationship. It wasn’t easy but we both put in the effort to learn about each other and became best friends in the matter of 3 short weeks. Without the help of Sahika Riley, Karen and John Locke, and Michael Proscia, none of this would have been possible. I owe so much to these individuals and to the foundation. I strongly recommend this program to all who feel like it would help. Thank you!!

At first I wasn’t so sure about the whole PTSD thing. I’m no war hero I’m just a cop. I’ve only broken both hands, more toes than I can count, been in multiple shootings, was T-boned at 55 mph, stared into the eyes of a suspect from 12 inches as my partner shot him in the head, and seen more abused and killed children than anyone should see. I couldn’t have PTSD… but I did. The incidents that brought me to this discovery have been bitter and I had no idea I was seen and perceived as so intense by others when I thought I was laid back. Seeing a therapist, taking medications, relaxing these are all good things but they are very slow and in my humble opinion have difficulty penetrating to the innermost broken parts. I went to the Horse Rhythm Foundation with an understanding of the underlying principle but with no true appreciation for how effective the methods truly are. When you are caught in the morass of this condition, plagued with issues of self-worth, exhaustion, super vigilance and paranoia your appraisal of things can be confused and overshadowed with suspicion. The genuine desire to help others comes through so clearly from the members of the Foundation but the true miracle of their services is the therapy with the horses. I live a high-speed life and being forced to deal with this issue with the traditional snail pace is abysmal. The use of the horses gives you a true insight as to where you are in what was previously impenetrable mist and for the first time in a long time I think I can actually feel some emotions. While it is hard to gauge the progress you make from within yourself, I am reassured that there have been major improvements as the relationship with my three year old boy has changed dramatically and it is the Foundation I have to thank for that – not the pills.


When I started at Horse Rhythm Foundation(HRF) I had tried “one-on-one” and group therapies for my depressive and other mental health disorders with little progress. So I had nothing to lose by trying equine therapy. Isolation was one of my biggest hurdles as well as a poor self esteem. In the beginning the horses ,to me, were very intimidating. Horses are large animals and I was terrified. I always hated being hugged and touched, but now, many months later I enjoy being close to them and hugging them, and I don’t even mind if they nudge me with their noses. Being around them is such a calming feeling. Since HRF I am on the road to getting my life back .I don’t isolate as much and I can now understand why I feel the way I do, and to start to change things in my life. HRF has been a life saver to me. If it wasn’t for the horses and volunteers, I don’t believe I would be here today. They have taught me that I am a good person who deserves a life and to be loved.


The Horse Rhythm Foundation reaches out to those who not only have served in the military but also their families. Because this Foundation was founded by military they understand what we go through and the difficulties of sharing our experiences. In a relaxed outdoor setting and having horses to help
identify, cope and assist in decision making, allows communications and transitioning an emotional yet beneficial experience.


Dear Sahika,

Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for all you did for USVETS what short time we were there. You and your staff should get commendations on your efforts with the veterans. I personally thank you very much and hope to see my friend Patches again in the near future. Thanks again and please give Patches a big hug for me.

Sincerely Eddie Isley

I first found out about Horse Rhythm Foundation while volunteering with the Phoenix VA Hospital. I was helping film a segment for the six episode TV show the hospital airs every year. I was so touched by how visible the positive effect of equine therapy was on the vets, that as soon as we wrapped filming for the day I immediately asked if I could volunteer with Horse Rhythm. Since then I have helped with several types of equine therapy and it really touches my soul to see the awesome benefits that the vets receive from riding, interacting with, and sometimes simply brushing the horses. From the instant I offered to volunteer my services, Sahika, Carmen, their staff, and other volunteers have made me feel like a part of a new family. The staff’s professionalism, knowledge, and collective years of experience is obvious after spending just minutes with them. But most of all, everyone’s dedication to helping vets, and their compassion for them, truly humbles and inspires me both on the ranch, and off. I’m very proud to be a part of Horse Rhythm’s volunteer team. – C.N., Client

When we think about it, our vets have done a great job of serving their country. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their service. I volunteer to provide training for the Horse Rhythm Cowboy Mounted Shooting Program. When I have had a bad day at work, and I can help a vet in this program, my day somehow gets much better. – Craig

June 25, 2013 Letter from M.V., who is a Horse Rhythm Client

This day 17 years ago I survived the Kohbar Towers attack in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The road hasn’t been an easy one, but thanks to all of you at the Horse Rhythm Foundation, I am finding peace. The other day I gained to courage to speak to the parents of a fallen soldier. I promised to live life to its fullest. Live with love, respect, and honor. I also explained to them that after 17 years, their son has not been forgotten! 19 soldiers fell that day, June 25, 1996