Two Martha’s Vineyard nonprofits that focus on connecting people with horses announced a merger this week.

Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center, founded in 2007, will join forces with the recently established Martha’s Vineyard Community Horse Center. Both organizations are located in West Tisbury.

Former Misty Meadows horse farm in West Tisbury is site for community horse center. — Steve Myrick

The combined program will go forward under the community horse center’s name at the center’s facility on Misty Meadows Lane.

The mission of the community horse center is to build leadership, self esteem and personal awareness through interaction with horses.

Rising Tide helps physically, emotionally, and learning disabled children improve their quality of life by working with horses.

Community horse center executive director Sarah McKay said Rising Tide therapeutic riding programs began at the center even before the merger was finalized.

“It’s just been a natural fit to bring the two things together, and really utilize the beautiful infrastructure that we’ve been gifted with,” said Ms. McKay. “It has actually been a very easy and natural evolution for us.”

Ms. McKay added she is eager to expand the Rising Tide programs, and planning is already underway.

Rising Tide board president Susan Fieldsmith said the therapeutic riding program will be able to take advantage of the horse center’s larger facilities.

“Our programs needed more space, more horses, and a year round solution,” said Ms. Fieldsmith in a press release. “The large facility at the Martha’s Vineyard Community Horse Center offers a tranquil, spacious environment that is ideal for our kids. And the state-of-the-art heated indoor arena will allow our programs to run all year.”

Conceived in 2015, and organized with a full program of equine activities a year later, the community horse center operates at the former Misty Meadows Farm. The residence and 12 stall barn with indoor and outdoor riding rings was a gift to the community from Island residents Jerry and Carol Kenney.