Our Vision

The CHAPS believe that horses and the disappearing natural world in which they thrive are necessary for healthy communities. Historically, horses have been essential to life in the United States for transportation, work, recreation, and encouraging connections to nature. In San Mateo County, examples of this heritage can be found at Folger Stable, The Woodside Store and Jack Brook Horse Camp. The CHAPS seek to recognize the continuing contribution of the horse by supporting the development and maintenance of equestrian facilities and activities in the County.

vet-ridesThere are literally hundreds of equine related therapy programs in the United States, thousands worldwide. Why are there so many, because they work.


What is PTSD?

Read what the Veterans Multipurpose Center says about it. There are links to further study at the end of the article


Saratoga War Horse Program

This activity started by a Vietnam vet shows that horses and veterans make a connection that works. The website has a short ESPN video that explains the program.


Horses for Heroes

This is a Dept. of Veterans Affairs News Article on equestrian therapy


Horse Therapy Helps Veterans Break Through PTSD 

This is a Department of Defense News Article discussing the success of another equine therapy program in California, read article