hope. healing. horses.

Jean Purdy

Jean was born and raised around horses throughout her entire life – her first horse show was at age 3. In 1979 she graduated with a degree in small animal and equine veterinary health, and worked as a technician for a number of years at Animal Health Technician Associates, but horses have always been her passion. Jean rode along the East Coast in competitive equitation and hunter for 40+ years, studying under USET trainers and coaches including George Morris. She received instructors training and certification through the British Horse Society, and has taught and coached riders for over 30 years. More recently, Jean has fallen in love with the healing power of horses and obtained training from EAGALA and OK Corral Series. Her work also includes 10+ years of helping family and friends of addicts recover from the effects of their loved one’s alcoholism or drug addictions, as a Pennsylvania Certified Family Recovery Specialist. She is so passionate about the hope and healing horses can bring in transforming losses.

Jean is a mother of three grown children and one granddaughter. She shares a home in Robesonia with her Corgis Corey and Charlotte, a Labrador named Chloe, and a cat named Bentley. She can frequently be found at Take Heart with her daughter caring for their Danish Warmblood/Draft Cross horse, Finn. Jean feels blessed to be part of a family here at Take Heart, and we are grateful to have her on the team.

Jean's role at Take Heart is as an Horsemanship Instructor. For years we have dreamed of having a lesson program that is more than just lessons, but a safe place for kids and adults alike to learn to build partnerships, ride, and fall in love with horses. In this non-competitive, nurturing environment, people can feel safe to enjoy the incredible and therapeutic benefits of working with horses. Horsemanship is not therapy, but it will certainly make you feel better! Jean has the experience and passion to teach others not just how to steer a horse, but all about the care, training, and relationship-focused ground work and riding to help you accomplish your horsemanship goals.

Interested in taking some lessons? You can contact Jean directly to schedule: Jean@TakeHeartCounseling.com or 484-578-9108.