Melanie Garland

Melanie was blessed to have grown up with horses in her backyard. Learning from the horse itself, Melanie strives to understand all aspects of horsemanship, not just riding. She began giving riding lessons to beginners at age 12, working at a horsemanship camp at age 13, and volunteering at a therapeutic riding facility at age 16. Melanie’s passion to use horses to reach hurting children began early and never left. She began college classes in Human Services with a goal to attend a college that offered a degree in Equine Therapy. While in the midst of working to help grow an equine assisted therapy program, she was diagnosed with degenerative arthritis in her spine. Melanie had to reluctantly quit all her dreams and pursuits in horses to strengthen and protect her spine. But the dream never died.

When she knew that Take Heart was growing and had a need, Melanie was thrilled to serve in a capacity that furthered her similar passion while utilizing the skills she had to give. She began serving as Volunteer Coordinator in 2018 and Administrative Assistant in 2020.

Melanie has been married 10 years to her high school sweetheart, Nate, and together they have twin girls, Fiona and Piper (who also share her passion of horses), and an infant son, Oliver. Her animal family include a dog and five cats, 2 goats, a miniature pony Angel, and a undisclosed number of chickens and ducks. She enjoys training service dogs, gardening, art and hosting game nights for friends.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please reach out to Melanie at

717-925-0379, or email

hope. healing. horses.