Surmounters of Texas


Surmounters of Texas, Inc. provides Horse Supported Counseling & Learning with sessions with our Gypsy Horses ON THE GROUND, not riding.


Our mission is to use our incredible horses along with a licensed therapist and horse specialist to provide therapeutic feedback and insights into areas of concern for those suffering with psychological challenges. Our horses will help you find your own solutions.


Horse Supported Counseling and Learning provides opportunities for those suffering from PTSD, Grief/Loss, Lack of Self-Esteem, Bullying, Anxiety, Stress, Cancer survivors and their families, Family Counseling, Divorce, etc. to gain insights into how to help themselves through interaction with Horses. Horses mirror humans and you can't fool them. The Gypsy Horses at this ranch are quiet, calm, sweet and the perfect horse for this type of communication. ALL sessions are on the ground, not riding.

Boots on the Ground - Our Military Program

Horses as therapy animals have a long documented history of helping people work through emotional challenges without the stigma of traditional psychotherapy in an office. Members of the military are generally hands-on and horse participation therapy often provides quicker results, whether in individual or gender-specific group participation. Family participation is also encouraged. Participation in Horse supported activities allows clients to recognize unhealthy patterns, create awareness of their actions, and helps them define their own solutions to problems as well as building on their own strengths. Horses can draw out long buried feelings from MST in a non-judgmental and therapeutic way because Horses, as prey animals, have unique highly attuned senses. PTSD, stress, anxiety, problems with reintegration, family counseling can all be addressed in this program.

We provide a quiet bucolic setting with Licensed Counselors (some former military themselves), Horse Specialist, the sensitive and quiet Gypsy Horse breed, and a true respect for the military culture.

We also are a firm believer in Peer-To-Peer Networking and are an active member of Military Veteran Peer Network.

Surmounters of Texas, Inc. is a Texas non-profit corporation providing Horse Supported Counseling (horses used for mental health therapy) to our active military, reserves, retired, and veterans and their families at NO COST.  All sessions are on the ground, not riding, so accessible to all. Our Licensed Professional Counselors, Horse Specialist, the ranch facility, and the herd of over 30+ Gypsy Horses of all ages, at NO COST to our military, are pleased to provide assistance with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, stress/anxiety, reintegration issues, family issues, trauma, depression.


Linda Brown - President of BOD & Ranch Owner, Burleson, Texas



Career Phase:
Discharges Allowed:
Military Branch:
Programs for Family Members:
Service Counties:
  • Collin
  • Dallas
  • Denton
  • Ellis
  • Hood
  • Hunt
  • Johnson
  • Kaufman
  • Parker
  • Rockwall
  • Somervell
  • Tarrant
  • Wise
Services Category:
  • Mental Health
  • MH - Peer Support
  • MH - Animal-based Therapy
VA Disability Rating Requirement:
Vet Plus: