Horses Over America Supporting Police Departments in Several States in 2023-2026
- Horses volunteered to police for mental health betterment of their community.
- Horses volunteered to police for community engagement.
We believe that Horses Over America is the highest impact and lowest cost mental health betterment initiative of this decade. Never in history has the vast majority of police departments in America had the use of horses to address the increasing mental health issues faced by our nation’s towns and cities. Horses Over America is a creative partnership between our nation’s police departments and our nation’s horse owners who volunteer their horses, trailers and time to change the landscape of mental health in these towns and cities. Horse owner volunteers are expected to commit to 4-5 days/year. There are 9.3 million horses and 4.6 million horse owners in the united states.
After months of testing and research we launched “Horses Over America” in Maine and New Hampshire in 2020 and in Massachusetts in 2021. Our ambitious initiative is to harness (no pun intended) our horses to be used during and after COVID-19 for visiting schools, nursing homes, veterans homes, hospitals, rehab centers, town/city merchants, cancer patients/survivors, Boys and Girls Clubs, assisted living centers, town recreation centers, homeless shelters, military bases, autistic groups, and neighborhoods, especially disadvantaged neighborhoods. Our horses are always walked and are never ridden when we visit people.
The City of Boston police has adopted our program in precinct 6 in 2022 and precinct 1 in 2023.
We are partnering and plan to continue partnering in 2024/2025 with the town and city police departments. Our partnership with police departments is “critically important” and is meant to strengthen their position in the community while assuring our success in each town and city.
I’ve used my experiences as a Horses Over America team leader in 12 towns and cities in 3 states.
It’s all so much easier in the age of large and functional Equestrian Facebook groups in all 50 States. I’m a member of over 300 of those Facebook horse groups representing virtually every serious equestrian in the United States.
Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Scott US Army-Retired, founder
Horses Over America