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HALTER's Mission Statement

HALTER's mission is to employ animals, especially miniature horses, to provide support and enhance the lives of others.

How HALTER Came to Be

     Just a little info about us: HALTER was founded in 2001 by our President, Maria Pigozzi.  Ms. Maria 's daughter, Franchesca, has congenital heart disease, and that inspired Ms. Maria to help other special needs children. Franchesca has undergone 3 open heart surgeries, and she will need another open heart surgery in the future, but she is healthy and an integral part of HALTER. 


    Through the years we have adapted our programs to fit the needs of our Special families. We have participated in special needs classes, in horse shows, have hosted our own shows, and we have taken the horses to schools, churches and camps for children. We are the only organization in Houston that uses the miniature horses for our lead line program to help get the benefits to children with special needs at an earlier age and with a size appropriate horse. We are also the only non profit that takes their horses to the beach to better benefit our special needs children especially the children with Autism. We have now made this a day camp program and have opened up registration to anyone not just HALTER participants.


   We have grown to make a difference in the lives of 1000's of children with our programs, fundraisers and off site events. We feel money should never be the reason a child does not benefit from HALTER so we have waited as long as we could to increase program fees, the prices of feed have more than doubled in the last 15 years and we increased some program fees June 2016. We rely on the generous people and companies that support the work we do with the children.


   Over the years we have partnered with United Cerebral Palsy, Special Olympics, the Downs Syndrome Association, Champions Kids Camp, The Briarwood School, The Brookwood Community, and The West View School. We look forward to always improving the lives of children with our animals.


    We are the little organization that does great big things for special needs children and their families.

501 (c)(3)

HALTER is 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was founded in August 2001 to train miniature horses as Therapy animals for use by special needs children.  HALTER actively participates in programs designed to meet the needs of  all children to help them live fuller, happier lives.

Our Board Members

Maria Pigozzi

Founder and mother of 5. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and a Master's from Capella University. She is pursuing her BCBA certification. She is the driving force behind HALTER's success.

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Charlie Andrews
Equine Operations

Captain of the Knights of Mayhem full contact jousting team from the National Geographic show "The Knights of Mayhem," 10 time world champion heavy armor, MMA fighter, life time equestrian.  He served in the Navy and is the father of 2 boys and a girl.   Jumping & Dressage, Rodeo & Roping, and has jousted on some of the best war horses ever. He is also a renowned clinician. Charlie brings a worldly knowledge to our riding, horse training and management  program.

Being a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, HALTER relies on gifts and donations. Every dollar donated goes to the growth of our programs to help those of our community that need it most.  There is no such thing as too small of a donation, because every dollar counts! We thank you in advance.

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