Release, Readjust and Reconnect™

Horses Healing Heroes™ provides heroes of all kinds a path towards healing. In a safe and beautiful, pastoral setting, our clients are helped to Release, Readjust and Reconnect.™

"A horse is so incredibly healing, they help heal our hearts and souls when we are incapable of doing so ourselves."       ~Gin Wiltsen

Our Staff

Deborah Larson is the impetus behind HHH™, as well as its founder and CEO. A successful business woman and entrepreneur, she started her career as a paralegal in San Francisco, California, working with corporate, divorce, probate, real estate and tax attorneys. After working closely with title and escrow companies on the legal side, she pursued a new career path, spending over 15 years in business development and sales in the title, escrow and 1031 tax deferred exchange businesses and opened her own exchange business.

She and her husband developed an online and in person business referral and networking business. She started working in a local tasting room as a hobby in 2000 and managed tasting rooms, wine clubs, events and sales for wineries from 2003 until today where she does consulting work for a local winery. Deborah is a mobile Notary Public and signing agent for real estate transactions and is an event consultant in addition to running HHH™. One thing, for sure...Deborah doesn’t let any grass grow beneath her feet!

Robyn Bryan-Horrigan, LMFT, HHH™'s Clinical Director, has been a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1987 working with every aspect of the mental health spectrum of experience that this licenses addresses. She has specializations in trauma, military trauma and TBI, veteran reintegration, mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse and recovery, relationship issues, domestic violence, many learning issues and childhood disorders and equine-facilitated therapy and learning. Robyn is also a credentialed teacher K-12, as well as college and graduate level. She has developed many programs for women starting over.

As well as a treatment clinician in psychiatric hospitals, clinics and substance abuse treatment facilities, and her own private practice, Ms. Bryan-Horrigan has developed treatment programs for co-occurring disorders, school drop-outs with conduct disorder and other programs helping to unify those with mental disorders into the mainstream of life whether it be school, work force or family functioning. She has also been a director for several mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities.

Robyn has long used animals in a therapeutic way with many of her clients, having a variety of her own available upon the need or usefulness. Being around horses a good part of her life has led to Robyn’s love affair with the equine. After a serious car accident at 17 yrs old in which she received head, neck and back injuries with years of recovery, it seemed her horse involvement days were over. Over the years more horses came into her life in a variety of ways through friends, adoption, rescue, and purchase. After many years she discovered a “non-bouncing” horse easy on her head, neck and back. This horse is Quemado, her Peruvian Paso, a gaited horse that has 3 hoofs on the ground at a time, thus, no bounce. Quemado and her rescued thoroughbred, Midnight, have been used in the treatment of many clients.

Ms. Bryan-Horrigan has taken her career and horses to many cities and states including California, Oregon and Hawaii. In Hawaii her horses worked with her for “Make A Wish”. She has included horses into her practice in California, Oregon and Hawaii, with a concentration on veterans returning from combat.

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Steven Larson (shown here in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2008-2009, with C Co. 1-168 MEDEVAC, HH-60 Black Hawks) is HHH™'s Chief Operations Officer. Steve started his career with the US Navy in the advanced electronics program, spending ten years on active duty. During his Naval career, he was deployed on two Pacific tours and one Mediterranean tour, aboard some of the greatest aircraft carriers ever built, such as the USS Ranger, USS Kitty Hawk, and the USS J.F. Kennedy.

After leaving the military, Steve worked as a flight-line manager for a small, fixed-base operator (FBO) in Hartford, CT. Next, he moved back to his home state of California to assist his father in the family landscaping business. Upon his dad’s retirement, he partnered with his wife Deborah to create a successful, online, business-referral company.

After the events of 9-11, he joined the Army National Guard, completing a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, later securing a Federal position as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Avionics Supervisor for the California Army National Guard. Having experienced most of the Pacific Rim, along with locations in the Mediterranean and Middle East, he brings an appreciation to what it means to be a veteran dealing with the trials of deployment.

David “Rafe” Little is a horseman and a rancher and as natural on a horse as one can be. Rafe was raised on a family ranch where he spent many miles and hours horseback. He rode his first bucking horse at age seven. Rafe managed a horse rescue for a year, living with 120 horses daily. During this time, he developed Rafe’s Horse Dynamics, a more natural way of using the horse’s language to teach the horse and human to communicate better and to build a partnership.

Before Rafe retired from the U.S. Army in 2004, he was an aviation operations manager for MEDEVAC unit in UH-1 Hueys and UH-60 Blackhawks. His unit transitioned from the UH-1 to UH-60, and Rafe managed to bring the unit from C5 to C2 rating in one year, preparing them for deployment to Kosovo, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Rafe currently works with his wife Alanna on their ranch. He assists at HHH™ with horse care and management and fundraising.

Dr. Robert Hunter, DVM and Dr. Noel Muller, DVM, HHH™'s Directors of 4-Legged Health (our vets)

In memory of James Anthony Bergum, DVM, we will miss you...

Click here to learn more about Jim's life.

"He knows when you're happy.  He knows when you're comfortable. He knows when you're confident. And he always knows when you have carrots."       ~Author Unknown