About Miracles in Motion

over 30 years serving our community

Miracles in Motion has served hundreds of students over the years with a work force of over 300 volunteers and a herd of 10-15 horses and 3 minature horses. Our students come from Linn, Johnson, and other eastern Iowa counties, and consists of children and adults with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges.  

As Iowa's first Premier Accredited Center, Miracles in Motion meets the highest standards for safety and therapy set forth by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, formerly NARHA). PATH provides continuing education for staff and instructors.

Why us?

There's something magical about the transformation that occurs when we bring together the energy and spirit of horses with people in need. Confidence, comfort, strength, and community grow exponentially.

Our programs impact not only the student, but the entire family. The changes started at Miracles develop into new opportunities and hope.

We provide a safe zone for learning, trying new things, building—and sometimes even re-building—relationships and attitudes.

Board, Staff, & Instructors

Mission, Vision, Core Values

Mission: We foster personal achievement for persons facing challenges by providing diverse equestrian activities with therapeutic, educational, and recreational benefits.

Vision: We empower those facing challenges by creating opportunities to connect with the energy and spirit of the horse.

Core Values:
    • Compassion. We provide safe and ethical services for our students and horses. We are compassionate partners in our students’ journey.
    • Inclusion. We accept the dignity of our students regardless of their background and respective needs. We value each of them.
    • Respect. We respect the individual needs of our students to empower their personal goals.
    • Achievement. We help students achieve their full potential and increase confidence, skills, and a sense of pride.

Rob (a veteran)

My horse, Brett, had a way of letting me know how my day was going. When I came to the arena stressed, he was stressed. When I was focused, he was responsive. I became more aware of how perceptive he was, and started to prepare myself ahead of time-during my workday. I was thinking about how to be the calm, confident leader for him.

For me, it became bigger than once a week. I volunteered for everything I could out there. There is something peaceful about walking out to the herd. You know each one by name, and you feel it when they look to you.

It becomes a lot like being around your closest friends in the military. You don’t have to say anything. You just know that they know- and you both know it.

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After just a few classes, I came into the barn zeroed in on my new buddy.