I started volunteering about a year ago. I have gained great friends and experiences in life from Hearts and Horses. I am truly excited to go every day and help different riders with different things. I have learned so much from Hearts and Horses and I hope to continue for a very long time!!
The transformations that occur at Hearts and Horses on a daily basis are undeniable. There is such majesty happening here because of the perfect combination of people we serve, our volunteers, our equines and our staff. This is a place where people come to heal and feel good and never does a day pass where the positivity of this environment isn't infectious in the most beautiful way. The care for every person and equine is handled in a most professional manner and without bounds and is, I believe, the core of our success.
I began my time with Hearts and Horses as an intern, and was quickly made to feel at home by the staff, volunteers, riders and horses. I now go to work every day truly excited by what I do and the people that I get to share my day with. The staff is not only highly qualified and professional, but also deeply passionate about their work, spending hours outside of their time at the ranch trying to figure out what is best for their riders and horses. The volunteers are so dedicated to the horses and riders that sometimes I have to stop and remind myself that they don't need to be out here cleaning stalls - they make the choice to help each and every day and for that I am so grateful. I work with brand new volunteers, jumping in even though they still aren't quite sure where they'll find their role, and volunteers who have been with the same riders for over 5 years, and all of them bring joy, energy and love to the property. Watching my riders progress both in the riding skills and towards their personal goals is incredible, and I feel very lucky to have the horses, volunteers and other supports that I need to set them up for success. Something very special can happen when you put a person on a horse - suddenly some of the obstacles in the real world don't matter quite as much - and, at Hearts and Horses, I have the privilege of seeing this magic every day.
The program weaves compassion with genuine love of helping and healing. I am blessed to be able to witness and assist with some of this growth - of individuals improving their physical and emotional functions. Not only have I seen and heard how much using the therapeutic tool of the horse enhances each riders life, almost every volunteer receives their own 'therapeutic' victory when they give their time and receive the tangible joy that is felt at Hearts & Horses on a daily basis. This is truly a 5 star organization.
I came to volunteer for a class 5 years ago and never left because this program is so magical. Oh, the touching stories I could tell from the at-risk youth program, Changing Leads. The benefits my 6 year old grandson gets from his lessons. The thrill I have working with the new horses in my riding lessons. The fun and silliness the miniature horse and I share working with Alzheimer's patients or greeting school kids. The amazing people I meet through running the tack shoppe. It's not just the clients who benefit from Hearts and Horses, but the volunteers reap benefits they never would expect. It's my favorite part of the week!
I started volunteering in 2012 and it has been the most inspirational and motivating thing I have ever done! I have encouraged others to come out and bring their kids to learn about giving back to their community, working with the wonderful equines, and just be a part of something bigger than themselves! A truly magical place
I am not only a volunteer with Hearts and Horses, I and my whole family are also recipients of H&H services. We love H&H. It is a very professional organization that treats all of the people and animals involved in a respectful, professional, fun, caring way. Every horse is beloved. Every rider is encouraged, challenged, and yet still kept safe. I have yet to meet a less-than-enthusiastic volunteer and every staff member is a dedicated, highly experienced expert in their field. Our family has been riding and volunteering with H&H for over 3 years now and we look forward to our time at the barn, in the arena, and on the trail. I particularly have appreciated the ways in which H&H has encouraged every member of our family to ride, even creating special all-ages all-abilities classes for us with a great, PATH-certified therapist/instructor so that our whole family can enjoy horseback riding together.
Hearts & Horses is a well established, accredited and highly respected equine therapeutic facility. They follow standards set forth by PATH Inc. )Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) which sets the safety standards in this industry. As a certified therapeutic riding instructor also certified by PATH int. I highly recommend this organization.
A veteran said it in a review of the program at H & H to address their physical and mental challenges and socialization difficulties after returning from service, "When I saw the staff it was like they were saying alright we are family and there is no judgment here, we all know what can be the physical and mental challenges carried by an individuals and what it is like to not be able to enjoy who you are and we work to remove those challenges and to build independence and a freedom and enjoyment of life that comes from that in small steps "...and there is not only support from the staff and volunteers but others involved and around you. In the Vets case it was other vets who understood as it is with young people, teens at risk and even elders with limited capacity to remember and move about with ease.
The strength of this organization is not only the people but the use of horses which do not judge either but give unconditional respect and support and bonding.
This is why the program has so many life-long supporters and friends as extended family and a place where you hear laughter and enjoyment from those they serve and those who give the care who get to enjoy the successes right along with them.
Hearts and Horses brings unbelievable outcomes, laughter, fun and life friendships.
I have been sponsoring Hearts and Horses for the past sixteen years, since they first acquired the property and have seen it grow from practically nothing to the most extensive, comprehensive and outstanding therapeutic riding facility that I have ever seen. I am so proud of everyone who participates and how my donations are always put to the very best use! This is a community that has become a mutually supportive family on EVERY level. Keep up the GREAT way you enhance our world...one life at a time!