Hearts & Horses, Inc

Through an incredible depth and breadth of programming, Hearts & Horses impacts every life we touch. Support the wonderful effects of therapeutic riding for individuals in our community by supporting Hearts & Horses today!

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Therapeutic Riding & Therapy Services (Hippotherapy)

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Blind & Vision Impaired
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Disabled
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

Therapeutic Riding: Children and adults with disabilities work with PATH Intl. certified instructors in equestrian skill-based lessons to develop independent skills that carry over to their everyday lives.

Therapy Services (Hippotherapy): Physical, occupational and speech-language therapists partner with a horse to provide a powerful therapy team. The horse's movement can improve balance, strength and coordination for individuals with disabilities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Progress notes for each rider include goals revolving around the following skills: riding; social, emotional and communication; cognitive; physical; and sensory goals. Depending on each participant's individual goals, progress for skills are tracked from the beginning to the end of the session through a numeric rating scale denoting skill level.
Every session individuals who ride in this program gain independence, increase confidence and decrease their need for assistance in multiple areas. For example, one rider who initially was physically unable to hold reins is now able to independently hold the reins for 30 seconds at a time after working with an Occupational Therapist through Hippotherapy.
Likewise, a therapeutic riding participant has moved from riding with the assistance of a horse-leader and two side-walkers providing physical support at the walk to riding completely independently at the trot in and outside of the arena. Independent skills learned through therapeutic riding transfer to life skills as participants gain confidence and practice autonomous skills in settings such as school and work.

In one therapeutic riding class, 100% of participants improved in areas of riding skills; social, behavioral and communication skills; cognitive function; and riding skills.

Changing Leads for Youth At-Risk

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children ages 5 to 21
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Description

Youth at-risk find friendship, develop trust and form a deep connection when partnered with a horse in order to explore emotions and behaviors in a safe place to reflect, learn and grow.

The Changing Leads video may be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNvqAYIQVW0

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Changing Leads program serves youth-at risk presenting them with the opportunity to form a meaningful connection with a horse. Youth ranged in age from 4-18 with a variety of diagnosis including depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Goals included building trust, respect, empathy, confidence and positive attitude. At the conclusion of each eight week session, each attribute (trust, respect, empathy, confidence and positive attitude) shows increases throughout the program.
Stories of success include riders who are initially unable to successfully participate in a traditional school setting who learn social skills through the Changing Leads program and are ultimately able to re-enter traditional classrooms and interact in a healthy manner with peers and teachers. Individuals who enter the Changing Leads program often demonstrate low self-esteem, and through riding accomplishments are able to find success and a positive attitude.
One rider's family has remarked that the young participant "loves to tell people about the program and has become much more confident and outgoing since starting with Changing Leads. He loves having riding to look forward to, and we get to talk about what he learned that day on the ride home. [He] does not love reading but he has read every book in his school library that has to do with horses. He teaches me new facts daily. He is an amazing child and you are helping to bring that side out into the open."

Hearts & Horses for Heroes

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Military/Veterans

Description

Wounded service personnel and veterans interact with a horse to nurture self-awareness, trust, coping skills and relationship skills, contributing to improved quality of life and hope for the future.

View the Hearts and Horses for Heroes video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOKa2AfkTNw

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our program is unique in that we combine classical horsemanship, cutting edge trauma modalities, and equine assisted therapy to promote a holistic journey into post traumatic growth. What we are doing works! The pilot phase of our program has yielded great success, and we are now expanding our programs to multiple classes each week. Preliminary data suggested that veterans made statistically significant improvements in communication, attitude, trust, focus and symptoms of PTSD decreased.
Additionally, veteran participants as a whole have, on average, reported:
•Reduced anxiety
•Improved mood both on- and off-site
•Improved awareness of and ability to express their feelings
•Improved capacity for compassion and nurturing toward others
•A sense of support and community at Hearts and Horses

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