The Hitching Rail

Wellness Center & Retreat

Our Founders

Jim and Lily Carlson

Both Jim and Lily Carlson are veterans and have lived on the property with their five horses for nearly twenty-two years. They dreamed of sharing their farm with those in need of serenity, and to assist Veterans and First Responders with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) and anxiety. Though Lily passed away in November of 2020 she was able to see their dream started. Both Jim and Lily are Veterans themselves. Jim served in the Navy for 2 years during World War II and Lily served as a Navy Nurse during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. 

Thank You

These recent donations have been made to The Hitching Rail Ranch. We deeply appreciate their support of our work and our mission.


VFW Post 1263 Renton for their very, very generous donation of $1,000. Your support is very much appreciated.

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Armadillo Painting donated their labor and Rodda Paint donated the paint. See what was painted.

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Lakeview Pro Wash used their special Soft Wash to safely the house and arena cover. Look at the pictures: Click here

Veterans, First Responders, and Their Families

We are offering riding lessons to our Veterans, First Responders and their families for free plus the community for a suggested donation of $25.00.

The eight-week class begins on October 9th.

Click the PDF to view the flyer.

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Christmas Event

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Christmas Event - What a great time! A special thank you to all our volunteers who made this day a success. We truly appreciate your dedication to this program.

A very special thanks to our local VFW Post 1263 Renton for their very, very generous donation of $1,000. Your support is very much appreciated.

We would like also to thank some of our local businesses for making this event even more successful with their generous donations of gift items, gift baskets and gift Certificates! The Melrose Grill, Doofer's Bar & Grill, Master's Carving School And Art Club, Sorrentos Coffee, Top of the hill Quality Produce, The Grange Issaquah, UVA FUREM Winery, Homestead in the Suburbs, and Renton Backyard Farmers

Photos From The Christmas Event

How to Help

Make a difference this holiday. Shop for gifts at to generate donations for Hitchng Rail Wellness Center and Retreat and check out our AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate items we need most

The Hitching Rail welcomes your support of donations and volunteer hours, and we now have an AMAZON WISH LIST!


New Openings! 

Free lessons for Veterans and First Responders.

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