Our Mission: “Horses Healing Humans" exists to enrich the lives of people with special challenges through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.

Our Team


lparadisLee Paradis, BA, BS, ESMT


Board Of Directors

Program Director
PATH, Int’l Certified Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health

Lee comes from an extensive background in horsemanship, leadership training, psychology, human development, and health care. Dually Certified by PATH, Int’l (Formerly NARHA) as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health, she also maintains certifications in CPR/AED/First Aid, Equine Massage, EAL (Equine Assisted Learning) EAP (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy), Equine Sports Massage Therapy, and continues to study the teachings of Epona, Natural Horsemanship and related studies. leeparadis@gmail.com

Kara Tedford, BS, TRI

Kara is a recent graduate from the University of New Hampshire’s Equine Program where she majored in Therapeutic Riding. She has been teaching as a certified PATH Intl. Instructor for two years now. She is also the proud owner of an Arabian Saddlebred, George, who she used to compete locally. With a great appreciation for horses and their unique therapeutic effects on people, she is eager and enthusiastic to join the team.





Lise B. Mayers, LCSW, ACSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mental Health Advisor

A licensed clinical social worker in CT and RI, she started helping at therapeutic riding programs over 30 years ago. Lise has been a Therapist at Horses Healing Humans for four years. She is thrilled to be part of the team providing innovative programs to our clients.



Board of Directors

Harold Packman, Treasurer



James Venditto, Jr, MA, Advisory Member

Jim combines his lifetime of teaching, administrative experience, and love of farm life to help keep the facility safe and functional.






*** We are currently seeking dedicated Board members who understand our mission and want to help HHH grow. Please contact leeparadis@gmail.com


Each and every one of our volunteers is a valuable asset to our team. Below are just a few key players:

Libby Baxter, LMT

Libby Baxter is a Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of Blue Healer Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork in Mystic, CT. Libby is a client at HHH, taking weekly riding lessons and sometimes joining in for Equizen yoga on horseback. Her volunteer work includes paddock maintenance, feeding and grooming, massage therapy and energy bodywork for the horses, as well as equine essential oil treatments with Young Living essential oils.





We offer 4-12 week internship programs for college Juniors and Seniors studying Psychotherapy, Animal Science, Equine Business Management, Therapeutic Horsemanship and other related studies. Housing and Scholarships may be available. Faculty recommendation required.


Horses Healing Humans CT is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer