Horses Mending Hearts

    STEPS Foundation’s program of pairing abuse victims with healing horses is a powerful approach using horses as the true teachers and healers.

    Supporting and Healing

    By supporting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and PTSD, we help break patterns that may otherwise plague individuals and families for generations.

    Helping Horses

    Through Horses Mending Hearts, STEPS Foundation has rescued 14 abused horses and given them a loving home on Colorado’s Front Range.

    About STEPS Foundation

    STEPS Foundation is established in the belief that the best way to help disadvantaged people is through the promotion of education and social entrepreneurial ventures. Founded by Lynn Powers, STEPS Foundation is administered to do the following: Support, Train, Empower, Protect and Sustain.

    Horses Mending Hearts is a STEPS Foundation funded organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with individuals who have suffered abuse. Their programs offer individuals continued support and healing from past traumas. The programs offer a healing process for both the individual and the horse.

    Run by Debra Thomas and Bill Kipp, Horses Mending Hearts is the primary beneficiary of the STEPS Foundation organization. Through their work, Horses Mending Hearts has adopted 15 horses from Colorado Horse Rescue, built and launched programs for abuse victims and also created a “Leading with Horses” team building program for corporate team building experiences.


    STEPS Foundation pairs abuse victims with healing horses – a powerful program that uses the horses as the true teachers and healers.

    Art Class at STEPS Ranch

    Art Class. Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:30 am – 1 pm. Artist, photographer and teacher Shelley Olivier offers an art therapy class at our beautiful STEPS Ranch. Cost $45 for instruction and supplies. Everyone is welcome. RSVP by November 10. See blog below for more information.

    Horses Mending Hearts October Program

      Presented by: STEPS Sanctuary and Horses Mending Hearts Instructors: Debra Thomas and Bill Kipp Friday, October 10th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm Saturday,October 11th, 9am – 4:00pm Sunday, October 12th, 9am – 3:00pm Cost: $299 Location: STEPS Sanctuary 8590 N. 87th Street (Airport Road) Longmont, CO 80503 CLASS SIZE IS VERY LIMITED: 303.775.8117 Or […]

    Horses Mending Hearts Team


    Debra Thomas – More


    Bill Kipp – More


    Our Horse Heroes- More

    Lynn Powers

    As Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the lifestyle media company Gaiam Inc., Lynn Powers guides her company in transforming the lives of millions around the world. Gaiam’s award-winning fitness media brand garnered an impressive 44% market share according to Neilson’s video scans in 2012. Its message of advancing sustainable values, wellness and personal development set it apart across industries. More…

    People Love What We’re Doing

    “I had no idea what to expect going into this. What I was able to learn about horses and myself (stop denying about myself) was so amazing. Your openness, honesty, and expertise in this area created a very safe and caring and healing environment. So many will benefit when they too can experience this workshop, and you. The gift of you and the gift of the horses.”


    “What an amazing weekend. It is so great to integrate ideas of personal power and healing with the majestic calming presence of horses. The atmosphere was amazingly compassionate, safe, and accepting. This workshop is helpful to anyone, no matter where they are on their journey of healing from trauma.”


    Some Local Press

    The program was featured on Denver’s 9News in December, 2013. Check it out.

    From The Blog

    Art Class at the STEPS Ranch – Saturday, November 15, by Artist Shelley Olivier

    Horse_wordsCome join us to hydrate your creative juices and discover how much artistic beauty is inside of you. This is an all-level class, open to everyone!

    10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 15th at the Horses Mending Hearts Barn.
    $45 includes all your supplies for a finished canvas creation and a contribution to Horses Mending Hearts.

    Pablo Picasso said: ““Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

    Shelly Olivier,  painter, photographer, teacher, horse lover

    Shelly Olivier, painter, photographer, teacher, horse lover

    One of the goals of painter, photographer, and teacher, Shelley Olivier, is that she and her students ‘see’ in between the normal lines of this world. She has discovered in her years of teaching and creative guiding that when students feel safe, they begin to open themselves to emotions and feelings that have been locked away. She strives for a safe atmosphere in all her classes; there are no rights or wrongs in the opening of the creative heart. The key is being safe enough for emotions and feelings to emerge. That’s when the dust in the soul begins to wash away.
    For questions or to RSVP, contact Shelley at
    719.651.7669  or 
    Please RSVP by November 10 so she can purchase your supplies.