A Labor of Love

Stephanie Melmer is a LCSW that specializes in Mental Health Counseling at Billings Clinic and provides therapy sessions at Chinook Horses. During a therapy session, 14-year-old Stephanie was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, she immediately responded with “I want to do what you...

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Giving Back For A Brighter Future

Susan Edwards, a native of Montana, has been a supporter of Chinook Horses since the inception of the organization. Susan met Abigail, Founder and Director, through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) program at Rocky Mountain College in 2014. Soon after, Susan attended a fundraising event and was...

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Meet Our New Board Members!

Welcome to our Board, Cassie and Ericka!   Cassie Crookston VP, Opportunity Bank Raised in Billings/Laurel area, Cassie Crookston is the VP Regional Retail Manager for Opportunity Bank where she devotes her time doing business development, management, and connecting with the Billings community. Cassie is the President of The...

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Our Champ Chase

Chase came to Chinook Horses at the beginning of the summer, referred to us by his social worker. He had recently gone to live with an Auntie and was really struggling to control violent outbursts towards family members. “Taking it out on the wrong person,” is how his foster...

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Our Research

Last year, we completed our report on the research done in collaboration with the Billings Public Schools and University of Mary, Dept. of Occupational Therapy on the outcomes of our equine-facilitated learning program Social Thinking Groups! Click HERE to read the report.

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Pony Update: The Fortin Four

Last October, we acquired our first herd of ponies. Their owner, was elderly man who had them their entire lives, but he could no longer care for them. He had seen Chinook Horses on the news and thought we could make the perfect home for them.  When Abigail learned...

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Staff Spotlight: Kyanne Wear

In early 2016, a co-worker passed along information about Kyanne Wear to Abigail who was just starting out with equine-assisted therapy services. At that time, Kyanne was branching out into private practice. She had heard of equine-assisted therapy and was interested to learn more, so she jumped when Abigail...

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Read our Billings Lifestyle Magazine feature!

Chinook Horses was profiled in the February 2021 edition of Billings Lifestyle Magazine. Though some details may be a little off — our fearless founder Abigail is from Manhattan, not Brooklyn — Emma Perley wonderfully captured our work and mission. Thank you Billings Lifestyle Mag. for the beautiful feature!...

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Read our feature in YVW Magazine!

Chinook Horses’ very own Abigail Hornik was profiled in the January 2021 edition of Yellowstone Valley Woman Magazine. Thank you YVW Mag for the beautiful feature! Click here to read Abigail’s story and learn how Chinook Horses came to be! View the full edition on their website at yellowstonevalleywoman.com

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