Our Mission

To promote growth and learning to individuals and groups through equine-assisted counseling in the natural setting of the horse farm.


Our Horses

Horses standing along fenceline

Our therapy horses are retired and/or rescued horses with different life experiences and personalities. Each client will be paired with a therapy horse (or horses) selected for him or her after an interview with our counselor. No experience with horses is necessary.  All counseling is done “on the ground” under the supervision of the counselor and a horse specialist.


Licensed mental health counselor Shara Wiesenauer
Shara Wiesenauer is an Indiana licensed mental health counselor and horse specialist

Our Story

We are a family-owned, 501(c)(3) organization committed to setting the standard in mental health counseling using horses as the main facilitating tool. Opening Gates provides mental health counseling (individual, family and group) and academic learning programs (reading and math) to the community. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Teacher are on staff.