Pay it Forward: Bridle Up Hope

Pay it Forward: Bridle Up Hope (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) Bride Up Hope: The Rachel Covey Foundation aims to help young women who are struggling with depression, anxiety, abuse, low self-esteem and more.

And they do it all through working with horses.

"There's something about them," said Abby Peterson, who when through the program. "They're just magical."

Peterson now works for Bridle Up Hope. Working with the horses helped her overcome shyness and anxiety.

"I found my voice and now I'm giving back and helping others find theirs," she said.

The nonprofit was started by the family of Rachel Covey, who passed away five years ago.

"She was a remarkable young lady. Full of life," said Sean Covey, her father and co-founder of the foundation.

After hearing stories from Rachel's friends about her kindness and how she changed lives through sharing her love of horses, the Coveys decided to continue her legacy.

Now they operate a 20-acre ranch with 14 horses to help young girls discover their worth.

"It's a special hope that they give," said Victoria Covey, who is an instructor at Bridle Up Hope.

She is also Rachel's sister and grew up riding horses with her.

Victoria and other instructors work with each girl in the program to teach them about riding horses and taking care of them.

"It's something about a horse and a girl that changes them," Victoria said.

The young women also volunteer time each week to do chores on the ranch--like cleaning out horse stalls, feeding them, and more.

The Coveys have seen amazing transformations of those who were struggling.

"It's almost shocking to know that it's the same person," said Victoria of the changes she has seen.

"I'm sure she'd be really happy about what we're doing," said Sean about carrying on Rachel's legacy.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to Bridle Up Hope.

The program takes about 13 weeks and hopes to expand to more locations. There is one up and running already in Amsterdam.

For more about Bridle Up Hope: The Rachel Covey Foundation, visit the nonprofit's website.