Hearts & Horses Therapeutic Riding Center promotes the physical, cognitive, and social well-being of people with special needs through equine-assisted therapies.
The organization currently serves over 200 participants per week promoting the physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs by partnering them with dedicated volunteers, staff and of course, a horse! Hearts & Horses' students range from children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities to seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The variety of services cater to youth groups, war veterans, at-risk youth and more who receive social-emotional life skills through therapeutic horsemanship.
The organization is a proud Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl.) Premier Accredited Facility and has received numerous awards from PATH, Intl. for industry excellence and commitment. It was a recent finalist in the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year award from the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and competed for First National Bank of Omaha's 2019 Community First Awards.
Hearts & Horses thanks much of its work to the volunteers who help care for the horses, maintain the barn, support riders, mentor students, coordinate events and more. They range in age from middle school students volunteering on the weekends to retirees that are looking to give back and get their horse-fix multiple days a week.
The organization is expanding, including the addition of the Lucky Hearts Arena in September of 2019 and a potential extension to its Trail of Discovery program, which introduces riders to new sensory integration skills, smelling, touching, and learning about native plants, and connection with the natural world and each other in a healing environment.
Visit https://www.heartsandhorses.org/ for more information on programs, projects, and how to donate to the cause.