Recent studies conducted by the Institute of HeartMath provide a clue to explain the two-way “healing” that occurs when we’re close to horses. According to researchers, the heart has an electromagnetic field larger than the brain: a magnetometer can measure the energy field of the heart that radiates from 2.4 meters to 3 meters around the human body. While this is certainly significant, perhaps more impressive than the electromagnetic field projected by the heart of a horse is five times larger than that of a human being (imagine an electromagnetic sphere around the horse) and it can influence straight into our own heart rate.
Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a “coherent” heart rate (heart rate pattern) that explains why we can “feel better”  when we’re close to them. Studies have found a coherent heart pattern or HRV to be a solid measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy-that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.
A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adapt to stressful situations very efficiently. Many times, we just need to be in the presence of horses to feel a sense of well-being and peace. In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits by interacting with horses, including lower blood pressure and heart rate, higher beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters acting as pain suppressors), decreased stress levels, decreased feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, better social working; and greater feelings of empowerment, confidence, patience and self-efficacy”.
Want to experience Heart-Math for yourself? Join us for Heroes Connection Day each month, free for Veterans! Check our events page for dates! 

Lacie Himes 
Development Director
352.483.0434 x 146




Michael’s Foundation hosts Women Veterans Day with a community event to celebrate women veterans and their families


Clermont, FL – Celebrate Women Veterans Day with FREE food, inspiring guest speakers, and yard games for the whole family at Michael’s Foundation on June 11th, 2022. Women Veterans Day commemorates President Truman’s signing into law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act on June 12th, 1948, allowing women to serve as permanent, regular members of the military,


“We are thrilled to increase our women Veterans programming, to support and raise awareness of what women in arms have experienced. While we’ve kept our normal program and activity schedule the same, we’ve added several programs for women veterans, with this intention in mind- to further support our lady vets and foster that community,” says Eileen Daley, Chief Operating Officer at Michael’s Foundation, “Our additions include a Gathering of Women Veteran’s Day for veterans and their families, a lady veteran luncheon, a horsemanship program, and more.”


Visit the farm that Michael’s Foundation calls home and learn more about their mission.


What: Women Veterans Day Celebration

When: Saturday, June 11th from 10am – 2pm

Where: 11105 Autumn Lane, Clermont, FL 34711 (the big yellow barn)


To RSVP and to learn more about Michael’s Foundation, visit their event’s page:https://michaels-foundation.org/event/womenveteransday/

For more info, contact Eileen Daley at 407-917-2957


Habitat Lake-Sumter will be among several Veteran-focused organizations also on-site that provide resources to Veterans in the community. Lacie Himes, Director of Development at Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter says, “Since building the Umatilla Veterans Village, we’ve continued to provide affordable housing solutions through our Veterans Housing Initiative. By partnering with organizations like Michael’s Foundation, we’re able to support Veterans access to the extended resources and benefits they deserve.”


Media is invited to attend the Women Veterans Day celebration in Clermont, Florida



About Michael’s Foundation

Michael’s Foundation is a non-profit that began in 2019 with the goal to support veterans and their families: to foster the veteran community, encourage empowerment and promote well-being through experience-based programming.


About Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter, Florida has been your local Hometown Habitat serving individuals in Lake and Sumter Counties with access and opportunity to affordable housing solutions since 1989.   As an affiliate of Habitat International we empower local families to achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter and are united by a shared vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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Lacie Himes

Development Director

Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter, Florida

O: (352) 483-0434 x146

C: (352) 396-6763