Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Rating: 4.86 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Animals, Disabilities, Health, Human Services, Sports

Location: PO Box 391 Stilwell KS 66085 USA

Mission: Equine assisted therapy is helpful in improving balance and strengthening muscles. The action of the horse's back simulates the action of walking in the rider's pelvis. Each individual is evaluated prior to being accepted into Heartland's program. Volunteers assist in all sessions as side-walkers, assuring the safety of the rider. Heartland serves people with the following disabilities: orthopedic, neuromuscular, blindness, emotional disturbances, Down Syndrome, autism, and mental retardation. Heartland Therapeutic Riding, Inc. began in 1978. We are a NARHA Premier Center. All instructors are NARHA Certified, all health professionals are licensed and NARHA AHA Registered.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Heartland was great at enabling my son (now 8) to ride horses. This has led to increased confidence as well as improved strength. It is great to see him be so proud of himself!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at Heartland for about three years, and in that three years, I have learned so much about the horses and about the amazing things that kids can accomplish by riding. I love volunteering and I would recommend volunteering at Heartland to anyone who has a love of horses and the things they can do to help the children.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I started volunteering at Heartland 18 months ago. I am so impressed with how well the organization is run, treatment of the horses, emphasis on safety, cleanliness and maintenance of the buildings and equipment and attitude of the staff. I see the staff as being competent and confident in their jobs. I have always been treated with respect and appreciation as a volunteer. I look forward to my time at the barn each week.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard about Heartland 17 years ago when I had a student involved in riding there. I couldnt volunteer then due to raising my own children but kept it in the back of my mind. 5 years ago when my youngest graduated college and I had time to spare, I came to Heartland as a volunteer. I love horses and children so what better place to volunteer?

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Outstanding organization that benefits children and adults with disabilities. A very rewarding experience helping people. The progress that is made for each individual though therapeutic riding is amazing! Witnessing the joy it bring to their lives is also a plus for me!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have always had a love for horses. I am a stay at home mom with school age children now. I have some free time during my days. I do not have any horse accessibility in my life, but want it. When I found out about Heartland, it was a perfect fit.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Heartland has been personally enlightening in so many ways. It has provided me an opportunity to give back to my community, and provide an incredible service to a set of individuals that truly deserves my attention. I find that when I am actively involved with this organization, I lose sight of who is serving who, and who is benefiting from my service. Likely, I am receiving more than those I assist. Many thanks to this wonderful organization for allowing me this opportunity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning more about the abilities, and not the disabilities of the riders who come to Heartland. I've also learned about the equine community and become quite attached.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would expand the community of riders to include injured veterans.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Random google search for horse-riding facilities.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To acquire hay for our horses. Due to the recent draught, Heartland wasn't able to yield the normal annual supply.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To continue to serve it's riders with a safe and effective programs and maintaining Heartland's reputation.

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