The Hearts & Horses team has a magical way of lifting everyone's spirits. H&H offers equine-assisted therapy to people with special needs, at-risk youth, veterans, and seniors with Alzheimer's. This therapeutic experience is a perfect blend of fun and play with tenderness and security. Riders develop trust and confidence, changing their lives for the better with every session. H&H will soon offer PATH Intl. workshops/certification and will be working with the Children's Hospital Colorado to study the effects of Therapeutic Horseback Riding. Careful, their wholehearted love for people and horses is contagious!
Promote the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs through equine-assisted activities and therapies. With a commitment to excellence, their goal is to provide the community with equine-facilitated programs that are therapy-based and outcome-oriented.
H&H serves an average of 160 riders per week thanks to the assistance of a wonderful herd of horses, over 1,500 volunteers annually, and a highly qualified staff. The programs serve a diverse group of people within Loveland, CO, including children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and seniors with Alzheimer's.
Therapeutic (Adaptive) Riding: Using the power of the horse to help people with physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs to meet their goals by learning to ride.
Hippotherapy: Physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes.
Changing Leads: Using Equine Facilitated Learning to encourage at-risk youth to personally explore emotions and behaviors while situated in a secure environment of learning and self discovery.
Hearts and Horses for Heroes: Equine therapy for our wounded service personnel and veterans.
Riding in the Moment: Helping adults and seniors facing the challenges of aging, memory loss, and age or injury related cognitive impairments find joy in equine-related activities.
Interactive Vaulting: Using a vaulting barrel and a horse, Interactive Vaulting can increase body and spatial awareness, motor planning, balance, coordination, teamwork and communication skills.
Blue Mountain Riding Academy: Riding lessons for the general public conducted by highly qualified instructors.
Hearts & Horses Partnership with Children's Hospital Colorado: H&H will be working with Children's Hospital Colorado to study the effects of Therapeutic Horseback Riding for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Summer Camps & Camp Counselor/Teen Leadership Program: Summer camp provides the opportunity to expand horse knowledge and ride horses all week.
Hearts & Horses Internships: H&H provides an excellent growth and learning opportunity for students and interns from many areas of interest.
PATH Intl. Workshops & Certifications: As a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center, H&H will be opening a facility to host educational workshops and certification experiences.
PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center - since 2002
Non - Profit of the year - Loveland Chamber of Commerce (2013)
PATH Intl. Region 10 Horse of the Year - Sugar (2014)
There is a position for everyone at H&H. Though certain tasks require horse experience, not all roles do.
Barn Team Member: Daily turn out/in from pastures, stall cleaning, and sweeping.
Sidewalker: Walk to the side of the rider during class. Your primary responsibility is the safety of the student during class.
Horse Handler: Walking and caring for the horse, not the student, during the session.
Camp Counselor (Teen Leadership Program): Motivated teens have the opportunity to gain leadership experience and be a positive role model as a camp counselor.
Administrative and other opportunities: Since H&H is primarily a volunteer program, any special skills, talents, and time are welcome. You never know what might be needed.
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FTEA provides individualized horseback activities for people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. Staff members create a safe and enjoyable environment, focusing on participants’ abilities rather than disabilities. It has continued to grow a support base in the western suburbs of Chicago, and now has 5 instructors, 80-90 volunteers, and 10 horses. Check out the Ride-a-Thon that brings the community together annually.
Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities provides a program of therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, emotional, cognitive and/or social challenges. The program seeks to meet the special needs of each participant in a recreational setting.
FTEA serves children and adults with special needs in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will counties. The program is open to individuals with a wide range of disabilities without regard to race, gender, national origin, or religious belief.
FTEA offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons to people with disabilities.
FTEA is a PATH Premiere Accredited Center; all instructors have received their PATH International Certification.
Volunteers are always needed! No experience with horses or people with disabilities is necessary. Training is provided. Groups are welcome too!
Program Volunteer: Activities include grooming and tacking horses, sidewalking with a participant, leading a horse for lessons, helping with off-site events, and stable management.
Administration Volunteer: You can also help with fundraising, newsletter, and public relations.
Ron and Patti Mehling Scholarship Program: Your contribution to the fund would help individuals who need financial assistance to participate in FTEA programs.
Donations: The need for additional horses and equipment is a continual challenge. All individual and corporate donations, large and small, are greatly appreciated!
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Cassidy’s Cause Therapeutic Riding Academy helps individuals move beyond the confines of their bodies and disabilities into new, unexplored worlds. Watching individuals interact with horses and gain confidence and self- esteem is truly an unforgettable experience. Proud parents observe their children sitting tall in the saddle, smiling brightly and laughing uncontrollably while riding horses.
CCTRA's mission is to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through therapeutic, educational and recreational activities, while on a horse.
CCTRA serves more than 60 participants in 2014 ranging in age from 4-51 years old. The special needs of weekly riders typically include autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Down's Syndrome, and traumatic brain injury.
For individuals with impaired mobility, horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves their bodies in three planes: forward and backward, side to side and up and down. Riders experience increased balance, muscle control and strength. Horseback riding helps individuals with learning or cognitive disabilities improve their concentration, recognition, vocabulary and task completion. The unique bond formed with the horse can help improve personal relationships, patience and behavior among individuals with psychological or emotional disabilities.
CCTRA offers weekly therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with special needs. Each lesson is typically 1 hour in duration. Weekly riding lessons include grooming, tacking, exercises and games on horseback, tailored to riders individual needs and designed to help them advance their abilities. CCTRA offers summer horse camp opportunities in an inclusion model for children with and without disabilities.
In June of 2013 CCTRA was accepted into the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). All CCTRA instructors are PATH International certified. If you are an instructor in training, CCTRA offers mentorships and will work with you to fulfill your required hours of instruction.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Cassidy’s Cause program. Previous experience with horses or disabled individuals is not required. CCTRA offers a comprehensive volunteer orientation training program for the care of the horses and the riders. Many willing hands are always needed and welcome to continue helping CCTRA riders succeed. An average riding lesson pairs one rider with three volunteers: a leader for the horse and two side-walkers, plus an instructor. Volunteers are also needed to assist with barn activities, farm maintenance, office duties, fundraising, planning social activities and much more. Whatever your skills and talents, you will find a home for them at Cassidy’s Cause.
You can also donate to a rider, pay a rider's fees and tuition, purchase items from their wishlist, donate your horse or tack, or offer an overall sponsorship. CCTRA is grateful for the generosity of the local business community, receiving 'in kind' donations of goods and services that help stretch the operating budget further.
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Let's Saddle Up is a family-oriented riding program that caters to Special Needs Children, Senior Adults, and Veterans. Their horses are safe and gentle, providing a fun and encouraging riding environment for everyone. It's amazing how a little time with a horse can transform us all.
Let's Saddle Up is non-profit therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapy center. It strives to enhance the lives of children and adults with physical, mental, social, and emotional disabilities through the Therapeutic Horsemanship, Veteran's, and Silver Stirrups programs.
Veterans, senior adults, and people with special needs (of all ages).
5 programs are offered to the public. The first program is Therapeutic Horsemanship for special needs persons. The Veterans program is called LSU Eagles. The most popular program is Silver Stirrups, which for people who are over the age of 50. The newest program is Therapeutic Driving using a miniature horse, Blueberry Muffin. Last but not least is the Therapy program with the miniature horse Tater Tot. He visits, nursing homes, schools, assisted living centers, and churches.
Sharron Dillard RN is the instructor. She is Certified for Therapeutic Riding through Path Intl and Equine Assisted Therapies from Greg Kersten's OK Corral. Sharron Dillard is also a SC 4H Horse Club leader for Trot 2, the Top 4H Club.
Volunteer: The main volunteer activities are assisting riders and keeping everyone safe. You don't have to have horse experience; Let's Saddle Up will train you. Minimum age is 14. For continuity, it helps both you and the rider if you commit to one lesson a week.
Rider Scholarships: Some people don't have the financial resources to pay for lessons. If they don't qualify for county or state funds, your donation would make it possible for them to receive therapy. You can choose the rider or just put it in the general scholarship fund (SC 510c-3 donation).
Horse Sponsorships: Let's Saddle Up has 8 horses that are used for therapeutic riding or therapy. Your donation would help supplement the cost of keeping them healthy and fit.
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