Horses Mending Hearts

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

An Issue of Abuse

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

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

Debra Thomas

Debra has been involved with horses her entire life. As a child she found solace from abuse in the company of these amazing four legged healers. Always a source of freedom and comfort for her, she progressed to riding and showing in a variety of disciplines. More...

Bill Kipp

Bill Kipp

Bill Kipp has 25 years experience in helping many thousands of children, teens, women, and men to break through the fear of conflict to experience life more fully with greater confidence and composure. Through an International Team of Instructors, his award winning FAST program More...

Our Horse Heroes

Our Horse Heroes

Of course we couldn’t do any of this work without our horses! These horses have proven to be the true teachers and healers of the grass roots programs being offered to any person of abuse, neglect, rape, PTSD, Autism, and families of Veterans. Check out our healing horses.

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.