At the heart of our foundation is the welfare of both horses and humans, and how they can impact each other to heal and thrive in incredible ways.
Horses for Mental Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to increase awareness, public engagement, funds, and access to programs incorporating horses for mental health and personal growth.
We partner with nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, celebrities, influencers, and companies to realize our collective vision of a world where all mental health needs are met – together.
Our team consists of world-class thought leaders with expertise in varying disciplines ranging from: mental health, horsemanship, brand development and strategy, fundraising and awareness modeling, talent acquisition, sponsorship consulting, creative scripting and design, program management, impact reporting and analysis, among other engagements in the social impact realm.
Our team involves and engages with experts and leaders in the equine-assisted services industry, and specifically with psychotherapy and counseling incorporating horses, who help advise our work.
Connie Maningas graduated from the City University of Staten Island and focused primarily on elementary education. She taught in several cities including New York City and Busan, South Korea before settling in Madrid, Spain. She served as an educator and a cultural ambassador by bridging the cultural gaps between English speakers and her students. She continued to serve her community for 10 years before pursuing a career in non-profit organizations.
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications and a minor in Environmental Science, Autumn moved to New York City and has since worked for TED Conferences and Global Citizen.
Her passion for social impact and mental health led her to becoming the Assistant Producer of the Seen Through Horses Campaign.