Take Heart began with a desire to combine passion with service. Meagan has been fascinated with horses since her first childhood riding lessons. She rode in 4-H for several years and in 2005, purchased her first horse, Charley. As a shy teenager, working with horses built Meagan's confidence, provided a place of peace, and taught life-lessons such as patience, goal-setting, and the value of hard work. She hoped to one day pair her passion for horses with her desire to help people in some way, and felt a specific calling to do just that through equine assisted therapy.
Meagan earned her master's degree in Professional Counseling from Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA. She obtained her state license as a professional counselor and her certification in equine assisted psychotherapy. She is fascinated by trauma-focused equine assisted therapy and strives to provide the best quality care possible. She is passionate about empowering clients and families through their healing journeys, and equipping other professionals to serve with compassion and competence. As an adjunct professor of equine assisted psychotherapy, Meagan has taught undergraduate courses at Lancaster Bible College and will be teaching at Reading Area Community College in fall 2020.
Meagan opened Take Heart in 2014 with one horse and the blessing of a generous dairy farmer who allowed her to use his horses and property. She and her husband Grant purchased a small wooded property in 2015 and built a small barn and pastures to grow Take Heart. In March 2020, they are purchasing the dream farm - a large horse facility with room for Take Heart to grow and thrive. When they are not working on the farm, they enjoy exploring the West, kayaking, and campfires with friends and family.