About Us

Mission | Our Team | Our Horses | Our History | Facilities

Combining “horsepower” and farm life with therapy and learning makes horse sense!

Michigan Abilities Center (MAC) provides therapy, learning, life skills, and wellness programs that focus on strengths and abilities, not disabilities.  MAC is a PATH, International Center that serves all ages and abilities, with over a 90-year age span between clients.  Equine assisted therapy is emphasized due to the unique healing and empowering benefits of the horse’s rhythmic movement, personality, and the horse-human interaction. Therapy and learning programs are customized to achieve meaningful goals for all ages and abilities.  Farm life is combined with therapy and learning via equine assisted therapy and activities (hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning and mental health, and recreational riding), experiential learning, life skills, and traditional & alternative rehabilitation services.

Michigan Abilities Center has provided equine assisted therapy and learning programs since 2006 at Heritage Hill; a 60-acre scenic 19th century farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan that has been offering equine assisted programs and farm activities for individuals with special needs since 1999.  In May, 2015 Heritage Hill Haven was incorporated as a nonprofit to help support a variety of therapeutic and educational programs for children, youth, and adults with physical, mental, emotional, or learning challenges, including programs provided by MAC.  For more information , visit: Heritage Hill Haven.

Experiential Learning and Therapeutic Focus Areas:


  • Animal Assisted Therapy, Learning, Mental Health, & Wellness:  Enhance quality of life, improve function, bring hope and healing, achieve meaningful outcomes, enhance self-esteem & empower individuals with special needs.
  • Life Skills & Soft Skills:  Deal effectively with the demands & challenges of everyday life by promoting psychosocial, interpersonal, & team building skills that result in adaptive and positive behavior for youth and families.
  • Service to Others & Animals:  Physical & spiritual fitness through actions & service. “Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily”…especially at the Michigan Abilities Center and Heritage Hill Haven!             St. Francis de Sales