Equuvation Inc.





The need to reduce stigma and increase access to treatment for mental and physical health is prevalent. Although a young organization, Equuvation already supports and creates a number of programs that offer behavioral health, physical health and educational services to over 400 individuals in the greater Charlotte area each year.

The communities who benefit from Equuvation’s efforts include special education classrooms in public and private schools; individuals living with special needs, veterans, at-risk youth, and nonprofit organizations working towards positive change
for underserved populations. {Photo credit: The Discovery Trail}

Those currently supported by Equuvation’s activities include:

  • Mecklenburg, Iredell, Catawba and Davie County School Systems / Special Education Depts.
  • Mecklenburg, Iredell, Catawba and Davie County Charter and Private Schools
  • North Carolina nonprofits working towards positive change for local Latina and Refugee populations
  • North Carolina nonprofits supporting individuals living with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • North Carolina nonprofits supporting individuals who have special needs
  • Veterans in North Carolina and South Carolina
  • At-risk Youth (including children in the foster care system) in Iredell and Mecklenburg Counties in North Carolina; and Bedford County / Lynchburg Metropolitan, Virginia


As more research continues to emerge in the field, studies show mounting evidence to support the notion that horses (and other animals) can help people: develop emotional growth; increase self-efficacy; improve self-management abilities, motor coordination, and executive functioning; recognize and break patterns of maladaptive behaviors, feelings, and attitudes; and increase physical strength; and promote cognitive and social development. Additionally, there is a movement towards nature-based, equine and animal-assisted psychotherapy as an alternative to traditional talk therapy modalities. Medically, studies have shown horse-human interaction to have a wide array of benefits to those with traumatic brain injury, autism, Down syndrome, PTSD, and a variety of other special needs in both youth and adults. {Photo credit: Triple Play Farm}



Equuvation supports and develops programs and services in the following areas:

• Nature-based, equine and animal-assisted psychotherapy and learning
• Therapeutic riding and hippotherapy services
• Nature-based healing & wellness retreats
• Holistic support for young equestrians prioritizing self-confidence and equine welfare
• Continuing education and internship opportunities
• Sensory Trail design and development
• Fundraising and grant resources; and program sustainability support

Equuvation aspires to promote innovation, collaboration and quality service delivery in any field of activity leveraging the horse-human connection.


If you would like more information on how to get involved with Equuvation, or you have an organization/population who is seeking support, please contact us. We welcome new collaborations and ideas to strengthen our impact.