Horses Helping Heroes

TROT is excited to announce our newest program offering…



Fall Session: September  4th – October 9th, 2024
6 Weeks, Every Wednesday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Horses Helping Heroes (H3) is a unique 6-week course tailored for veterans, first responders, law enforcement officers, and healthcare workers. The program utilizes equine therapy, combining physical activities and emotional bonding with horses to promote healing and recovery.


Participants in H3 engage in various activities, including learning about horse care, tending to the needs of the barn, and taking riding lessons. The physical aspect involves grooming, feeding, and riding horses, contributing to improved fitness, coordination, and balance. The emotional component is equally crucial, as horses are known for their sensitivity and provide a non-judgmental, empathetic presence.

Click button below for online application or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.


Horse Anatomy


Body Language


Mounted Basic Riding Techniques


Decreased feelings of isolation

Self-efficacy and self-esteem building

Reductions in anxiety

Increased confidence

Trust development


Decreases in depression symptoms

Improved management of stress

Onsite Life Coach

Jessica Parnell

Director of Horses Helping Heroes

Meet Jessica Parnell, Director of Horses Helping Heroes and a caring life coach who specializes in supporting veterans and first responders. Jessica is dedicated to offering personalized guidance for those dealing with the unique challenges of high-stress professions. She works closely with her clients to set meaningful goals and develop personalized strategies, addressing their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Jessica is a committed ally on the journey to healing and growth, providing compassionate support for those who have served and sacrificed.

Richard Alan

Richard Alan

Riding Instructor

Richard has been involved with horses and equine activities for a large part of his life. After a stint in the army, while going to college on the G.I. Bill, he exchanged a couple mornings worth of feeding and grooming at a professional stable for riding lessons. He was the president of the Lake Washington Saddle Club for 4 years and was also a mounting judge for the Equestrian Phase of the Modern Pentathlon of the 1990 Goodwill Games. Richard started volunteering at TROT in 2017 as a horse leader and eventually became an instructor. Richard often helps with the Path to Success Classes and Hippotherapy at TROT. Aside from instructing classes, you can find Richard loving on our horses and helping with anything that needs to be done at our facility. Being at TROT has provided Richard opportunities to work with wonderful people and share his love and knowledge of horses with our clients. Richard is a Level 1 CHA certified instructor.