Transforming Lives Through Therapeutic Horsemanship & Equine Related Services

Our Journey: Founded on the belief in the healing potential of therapeutic horsemanship and equine related services, Mounted Eagles has evolved into a community that fosters growth, resilience, and joy. Over the years, our team has expanded to include five horses, two PATH International certified instructors, and a dedicated group of 25+ volunteers.

Who We Serve: At Mounted Eagles, we embrace diversity, welcoming riders aged 3 and older with a range of diagnoses, including but not limited to Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Learning Disabilities, MS, Angel’s Syndrome, Seizure Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and disorders resulting from exposure to drug and/or physical abuse. Our tailored programs cater to the unique needs of each individual, providing a supportive and inclusive environment.

Our Team: Guided by our passionate Executive Director, we are proud to have a team of two paid instructors, one paid horse maintenance assistant and a committed group of volunteers who contribute their time and expertise at the barn, at fundraising events and serving on our Board of Directors. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that every rider receives the care and attention they deserve, fostering an atmosphere of growth and accomplishment.

Year-Round Commitment: Mounted Eagles is committed to making a positive impact year-round, offering lessons from January through December. Our dedication to consistency ensures that riders can experience the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship and equine related services in every season.

Community Support: Our journey is made possible through the support of our community partners. We extend our gratitude to Lakes Area United Way, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Crow Wing Power Community Trust, Pohl Children’s Foundation, local VFW Posts, American Legions, area businesses, and individuals who continue to support our program activities. Collaborating with 4H clubs and group homes enhances the richness of our program and expands our reach.

PATH Intl. Accreditation: Our commitment to professionalism and excellence is reflected in our membership and accreditation with PATH Intl. This association not only supports our credibility but also ensures ongoing education, aligning with the high standards our community has come to expect.

Get Involved: As a 501(c)(3) organization, we invite you to learn more about Mounted Eagles and discover the opportunities to support our mission. Whether you are interested in our program services or would like to contribute, we welcome your involvement.

Contact us today, and let us share more about the impactful work we do at Mounted Eagles. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Thank you for being part of the Mounted Eagles community.

Annual Participant Horse Show

Our Vision

Mounted Eagles purpose is to enhance the wellbeing of humankind by providing therapeutic horsemanship and educational equine-related services to individuals experiencing physical, mental, social and/or emotional challenges.

Our founder, Susie Baillif, based the program name, Mounted Eagles, upon the biblical verse “they shall mount up as with wings like eagles……” Isaiah 40:31

Core Values

As individuals associated with Mounted Eagles, we are guided in our daily decisions and actions by the following values:

Safe Environment

  • We provide a safe environment, both physically and emotionally
  • Acceptance of Diverse Abilities
  • Implemplents all PATH Safety standards
  • Horse welfare


  • Create an atmosphere of integrity and humility
  • Servant Leadership
  • Eliminate the “Not my job” mentality
  • Empower others to take action
  • Cross-training of volunteers and staff to create a greater sense of unity


  • Unconditional love for people and horses
  • Commitment to the success of our program
  • Dedication to providing a positive experience 
  • Utilize horses as co-facilitators for positive change


  • Working together to achieve our purpose 
  • Creating a sense of inclusion for all involved in the organization
  • Be an outreach to individuals outside the program
  • Partnering with community organizations to strengthen our success


  • Enhance the lives of our participants in their physical, mental, social, and emotional abilities
  • Expand the reach of our organization
  • Provide continued education for volunteers and staff