Our Story


Bridle of Hope exists to show Christ’s love to women and children, offer hope for the family, and encourage healing through the unconditional love of horses.


Bridle of Hope provides a safe and positive experience for women and children in a serene outdoor setting.


Bridle of Hope is a non-denominational faith-based organization. We believe there is one God, existing externally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible is the infallible word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit. God is love and He loves all people. It is His desire to reach out to those who are poor, oppressed, widowed, or orphaned and to heal the brokenhearted.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  Psalm 147:3


A Dark Secret . . .
A devastating past of abusive, and failed relationships plagued Melissa for most of her life. Though the trauma was suppressed for many years, she learned to survive and received comfort through the unconditional love of horses.…

A Redeemed Future . . .
After struggling for many years with fear, anxiety, depression, anger, rage, low self-esteem, self-hatred, suicidal thoughts, and many different coping mechanisms, Melissa hit rock bottom. Through Biblical counseling, Melissa went on an amazing healing journey! What followed was redemption and complete transformation, by a gracious, merciful and loving Father. After hearing Kim Meeder, founder of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Bend, Oregon, on a local Christian radio station, Melissa’s husband bought her Kim’s first book, Hope Rising. After reading how Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch rescues horses from abuse and neglect and pairs them with broken, hurting children, Melissa felt a call to go to the ranch and learn how to start a similar ministry. Melissa desires to bring hope and healing into the lives of others, especially those who have endured abuse, showing God’s love through the unconditional love of a horse.