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Hearts & Horses

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Causes: Children & Youth, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Equestrian, Health, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care, Sports, Youth Development

Mission: Our mission at Hearts & Horses is to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well-being of individuals with special needs through equine assisted activities and therapies. We are committed to excellence the goal of providing our community with equine facilitated programs that are therapy-based and outcome-oriented.

Target demographics: promote the physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being of people with special needs through equine assisted activities and therapies

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 riders experience the benefits of therapeutic riding here at Hearts & Horses

Geographic areas served: Northern Colorado

Programs: Therapeutic Riding Hippotherapy Changing Leads Interactive Vaulting Hearts and Horses for Heroes Blue Mountain Riding Academy

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Karin Hromada D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Hearts and Horses in many capacities, from volunteer to Board member, and I can honestly say that this is one of the best run, most successful programs available for those in need. From working with the disabled, to veterans, to at-risk youth, to Alzheimer's patients, the pairing of horses to help heal is an amazing thing to witness. And Hearts and Horses has an amazingly caring staff and crew of dedicated volunteers that makes it all come together!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are so fortunate to have Hearts & Horses in our community!

1 JD H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What hasn't already been said 9,000 times over already? I have never seen a non-profit organization that is so caring at every single level of the organization. From the caring staff & employees, volunteers, board members, and all the equines, everyone truly pours their hearts and souls into caring for others!!! I am extremely proud to be an intern/volunteer with this organization & hope this is only the beginning of my journey with Hearts & Horses!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hearts and Horses is an amazing organization. We were fortunate to become a supporter of this organization and see the effective work they are doing.

1 Juni F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Watching the bond that happens between humans who need help connecting with the world as we know it, and the special horses that offer their hearts and souls to that connection is a beautiful thing. Thank you, Hearts and Horses, for what you to to help those souls come together, for healing. Juni Fisher www.junifisher.com

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hearts and Horses is the ultimate non profit organization. Not only have they helped youth in our community find peace and love, they helped my son build confidence in his experience there. Forever grateful for their amazing work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Hearts and Horses since 2011 and have been privileged to be a part of many of the wonderful programs they offer. I have a special place in my heart for the Changing Leads program and am amazed at the changes we see in these at risk kids as they develop a relationship with our wonderful horses...they learn to trust and share and we see that it gives them a safe place to be themselves. Being a part of Hearts and Horses had been the most rewarding thing I've ever done!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hearts & Horses is a magical place where hope and healing happens for so many. I have been blessed to be a part of this organization for 21 years; starting as a volunteer in 1997. What an incredible place!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization in the past and can speak firsthand for the joy that it brings to those children and adults who are dealing with difficult issues. They may not know they are receiving therapy because Hearts and Horses brings emotional and physical growth in such a wonderful and caring way. And, as an aside, the horses are treated so well !!

2 Alexandra W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It’s where magic happens every day! People’s lives are transformed through their interactions with equines, volunteers and instructors. The professionalism and care for humans and equines goes above and beyond the call of duty.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I have volunteered with this organization in the past and can speak firsthand for the joy that it brings to those children and adults who are dealing with difficult issues. They may not know they are receiving therapy because Hearts and Horses brings emotional and physical growth in such a wonderful and caring way. And, as an aside, the horses are treated so well !!

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Hearts and Horses 11/01/2018

We are so thankful for this review, however we would love to know how we can score a higher rating in the future?

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son absolutely loves this place, the horses, instructors, and volunteers. They have been amazing for my autistic child and he has had so much growth. We are so greatful for their scholarship program because without it and them I'm sure we would not have as many good days as we do. My son tells everyone about his 'horse therapy' and is the one thing he looks forward to every week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never experienced a more transformative, welcoming, supportive environment than Hearts & Horses. From a volunteer perspective, they are extremely well organized and make the process of volunteering fun, fulfilling, and useful. The lives that have been changed by this organization is innumerable. Can't say enough good things about this place!

3 Heather W.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is so much to say about this organization.... I can’t begin to thank everyone there for the impact they have had on my family and the help that has been provided not only to me but to everyone there that goes and flourishes there.....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hearts & Horses is a very special place bringing much joy to everyone who works/volunteers there and especially to the many clients who gain so much from their experiences with the horses.
A truly magical place with amazing staff

2 Tina117

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Son has Cerebral Palsy. He is now 17 years old. I started taking him to Hearts and Horses when he was 2years old. His twin brother was riding at the time to. They were born extremely premature, 26 weeks, 2 pounds each. Hearts and Horses has made such a difference for Andrew, he has CP. He has a special connection with Sugar, a beautiful white and grey horse. The OT, Rose, is just amazing. We love Hearts and Horses.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Tina. Hearts and Horses have been part of my life for over 17 years. I'm a Mom of three boys. My oldest son took riding lessons at H&H's. They taught him how to take care of the horse, not only riding. My twins started riding at the age of two. They were premature, over three months early. They weighed .two pounds each. Riding really brought out Matthew's speech. Andrew has Cerebral Palsy. He has rode throughout his life, 16 years. He had to stop for surgeries and recovery. He has developed core strength and balance. He is able to let go of his walker for a few seconds and actually stand on his own. I credit it to surgery, physical therapy and hippo therapy at Hearts and Horses. He works with a wonderful occupational therapist. The bond between the horses and the riders is heartwarming. I can't thank H&H's enough. The staff and volunteers are wonderfully...
God Bless..

1 Debra105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Hearts and Horses for almost 8 years and it has been the most rewarding experience of my life! My favorite program to help with is the Changing Leads program for at risk youth. The staff is so well trained to work with these kiddos and the program they've put together with the local school districts and other agencies is just amazing. Each class provides us with the ability to see how much the horses can help the students feel accepted and cared for and I'm proud to be a small part of that. All of the programs at Hearts and Horses are special. The instructors and staff are passionate about what they do and it shows! As volunteers, we are trained in any areas that we need help with and are acknowledged for our roles and contributions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Hearts and Horses since 2011 and it has been the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I have helped in a wide range of their classes, but my passion has been the Changing Leads Program for At Risk Youth. The staff is so dedicated to providing the best experience for these kids and works hard to address their individual needs. The ways that these horses reach out to our kiddos is just miraculous and the changes we see in the kids throughout their time there is amazing. The kids themselves share with us how much they gain in all aspects ... confidence building, team building, having someone to care for and to take care of. Oftentimes, they come to class in a bad mood and their horse brings them back to a good place. There have been many incidences over the years that the horses and kids have us in tears from just being able to observe their interactions and progress together. Hearts and Horses is a blessing to all the riders, the volunteers and our community. My husband and I do whatever we can to support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with hearts and horses because of my love for horses. After volunteering in a few classes I fell in love with the riders. It was a great opportunity to help those riders accomplish greatness with their horse companions. I especially enjoyed working with at risk youth, seeing them pair up with their horse partner and achieve their goal

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hearts & Horses has dramatically changed the life of a dear friend and her family. She has gained confidence, self awareness, social and motor skills through several years of equine therapy. The staff at Hearts & Horses is amazing and attentative to her needs including playing her favorite song while she's riding to make her feel more comfortable. They are always ready to answer any questions with a selfless smile.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 3 grandkids are out there at Hearts and horses. It has given them the confidence in themselves that nobody else could have. They look so forward to going every week to get on the horse, love on their horses, learn, and see the gang of adults that are with them. It is their place where they go and learn and no one judges them if they can't do it. I love the positive atmosphere. It has made a difference in my grandkids.