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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to improve the minds, body’s and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapeutic riding. Joy can heal in so many ways and we strive to help in the healing process for family and friends of the special needs client.

Results: Marked progress with cognitive development, improved muscle control, confidence, and most of all self esteem.

Target demographics: youth and adults with mental and physical challenges to build self esteem and confidence through the use of horses.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20 special needs youth and 5 special needs adults.

Geographic areas served: Kingman Az

Programs: We are a 501(c)3 facility, Mohave County's PREMIER Therapeutic Riding Program. Services for ages 3-90, from wheelchair dependent to able bodied. We offer services for those ranging from (including but not limited to): ADD, ADHD, Soto's Syndrome, PTSD, all spectrum of Autism, Down Syndrome, and varied physical disabilities. We are the only facility in Mohave County equipped to safely work with limited range of motion clients, including para and quadriplegic riders. Our state of the art hoist system coupled with back support saddles enable us to accommodate all riders in a safe and therapeutic environment. We have also paired with Mohave County Probation Department with their Division Program.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kingman's Healing Hooves is such a terrific program!! I have had the opportunity to volunteer some time and see how this program greatly helps its clients! The smiles on the clients' faces, the tears of joy of the family members, and the huge hugs for everyone is so overwhelming and awesome to be able to share in. Amazing job to Kassie, Lindsey, Chad, Kenni Sue and all of the other volunteers at Kingman's Healing Hooves! Please participate through volunteering and donations to keep such a vital program available to our community!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kingman Healing Hooves is such an amazing organization! They have helped so many people and will definitely be there for the future. Kassie is AMAZING with the horses and the people she works with. I have seen first hand the impact that Kassie, and her team, make to people. To see a kid smile, talk, high five and just the joy they feel when experiencing her love, passion and gift to help others is simply awesome! It brings tears to my eyes to watch it happen. Congratulations Kassie on making a difference in people's lives!! My own kids, as well as myself, have benefited from her organization in many ways!! Excellent job Kassie!!

Becky57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing organization you can volunteer for!! Not only are they the kindest people around, but they take the time to teach you new and exciting things! I have learned so much from Kassie and Kenni Sue! Not only do I see smiles and excitement on many peoples faces, but I see happiness in the animals they own!! Thank you so much for letting me be apart of your organization and for the friendship you give me every day!! Your awesome!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was amazing when I first learned about Kingman's Healing Hooves. It is probably the most amazing thing that the town of Kingman has! With Kassie's background and passion for what she does, she has developed an excellent program that is very therapeutic for people of all ages and with and without disabilities. As a therapist, I have definitely recommended this program to parents who have children with special needs. I am definitely hoping it continues to grow and that they will be able to build an indoor arena in the near future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so glad we found Kingman's Healing Hooves. As clients and volunteers, my three young sons and I have been able to see what awesome animals horses are. Well, I already knew, because I've always loved horses and was a former owner of a beautiful quarter horse gelding, years and years ago :). Although, I truly wish I had known Kassie then, because he liked to throw me off on the trail and run back to the barn many times. Ouch :(. With Kassie's way of training, I would have known how to handle the situation and be in control of the horse instead of the other way around. Just watching her work with her horses and clients, those with or without disabilities, absolutely amazes me. Her caring, patience and precise detail of every individual she teaches is second to none. I highly recommend anyone who loves horses and wants to learn to ride or be a horse owner, check out KHH first and learn from the best in our own community, Kingman AZ. Thank you to Kassie and he wonderful staff, Chad and Lindsey for taking your time with every detail of safety and instruction with my boys and the horses they ride . And the volunteering to help around the barn has been a great experience and introduction to one day being horses owner ourselves. ;)

1 Lisa285

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was born with Cerebral Palsy and therefore can not walk on my own, but horses have always been my passion. My first experience at Kingman's Healing Hooves was truly awesome. I look forward to many more fun experiences. Kassie is a truly amazing lady, who is very passionate about what she does with both horses and riders. She sees the sky as the limit and will do anything she possibly can to give riders with challenges as much independence as possible. She has a big heart and her passion inspires me daily. I highly recommend Kassie and Kingman's Healing Hooves. They are a fantastic organization that strives to make a difference in peoples' lives daily through therapeutic horseback riding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kassie Schuerr and her team at Kingman's Healing Hooves are making positive, life altering changes in the lives of clients almost daily. I've known a few trainers in my time; from Thoroughbred farms in Virginia, to workshops with famed Horse Whisperer Monty Roberts, to learning from cowboys who could darn near get a horse to turn cartwheels, so I speak from some experience when I say that we here in small town, Arizona are truly blessed to have a teacher/trainer of Kassie's caliber living and working here. Kassie has a unique ability to understand and communicate with her horses, but even more important, she is able to share that gift with her students, guiding horse and rider toward making the special connection that allows two to think as one. Once this transformation takes place, a small child - timid and shy, becomes as bold and confident as the big horse beneath her. The man who is burdened by the weight of legs that no longer work can experience the freedom of flight. Others find there's no better medicine for depression than an afternoon spent mucking out stalls. Everyone is welcome at KHH, as Kassie makes certain that those of modest means can work to ride. It's hands-on and can be hot, dusty, hard work, but there's always humor, smiles of joy and a sense of true accomplishment at Kingman's Healing Hooves!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kassie is amazing with both horse and rider. I have witnessed first hand, the life-changing, healing, impact she has on her students. Kassie is the most hard working, patient, compassionate , and knowledgable trainer I have ever met! I just cannot say enough about Healing Hooves; magic happens here!

Rhona H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are ridding, wanting to ride or returning from an injury and needing the confidence and guidance to get back on then you cannot go wrong in seeking Kassie Schuerr ‘s help. From your Safety head to toe and the horse’s safety and care from head to hoof Kassie is there 100% for what you or your horse may need.
I was badly hurt 5 years ago while on horseback, when I could walk again I tried another horse and was bucked off on my head and That was it, I was done with horses, a few years went by and my love for horses and ridding drove me to ride again “BUT” this time I would ask for help to learn everything I can about horses & ridding with safety first. I was so lucky to go to the right person, Kassie has put me back in the saddle with the confidence and tools to move past the fear and enjoy my horses on such an incredible level. Kassie is one of the most dedicated persons I know doing total care from the horses hooves to their head. She is very impressive, dedicated and I feel she is a perfectionist who gives me great peace of mind since she takes care of all of my horses hooves and has been so important in their development in every aspect from knowing their health needs to correcting their actions and always teaching me giving me the tools to have a respectful relationship with my horses. Kassie has put me where I thought I could only hope to be, yep back in the saddle. Happy trails….
Sincerely,
Rhona Hornsby

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I began learning to ride from Kassie, I was a fairly new rider. I mostly said giddy-up and just held on. Kassie took my raw minimum knowledge of riding and patiently started me from scratch, gave me the confidence I needed to make plenty of mistakes on my way to becoming a rider that rides properly and safely. We all greatly admire Kassie's tireless efforts to make her dreams come true. She and her family work as a terrific team making a difference in many people's lives.

Trish C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mohave County residents are extremely fortunate to have Kassie, the visionary of Kingman Healing Hooves in our community. Kassie is an exceptional trainer even to us folks who have ridden horses for years. Kassie is known as the energizer bunny as she has endless energy and she gives so much to us, her students. Im personally grateful to know and have Kassie as my trainer.

Connie K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Kassie for many years. She has always dedicated herself to making our world a better place to live and learn. With that said, I was so excited, and not at all surprised, that Kassie would make Kingman's Healing Hooves her life's work. I am fortunate enough to read her updates about the progress of her work with horse's and the many people (children, adults) that come to Kingman's Healing Hooves. While my experience is very limited with horses, I have learned so much about the proper treatment of these gentle animals and the life changing opportunities for everyone that comes to Kingman's Healing Hooves. I am grateful for the work this group--entire family, volunteers and of course her dogs--offers!

Peggy29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Actually you could classify me as an observer for my role. I have personally seen what Kassie can do for people in our area. I have watched Kassie help people in all situations to become better riders and be in tune with their own horses. I have also seen this riding facility become a haven for children with disabilities and other issues and as most people know horses and children are a win, win situation. Kassie has taken the love of horses and people to a level most of us will never see, especially in a small town like Kingman. We are so ( I would say blessed but I'd probably get into trouble) very lucky to have Kingman's Healing Hooves here in Kingman. Kassie is an amazing, knowledgeable person.

Barb22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This facility has long been needed in the area and we are fortunate to have it here. Kassie works with all ages of people, able bodied and those with special needs, to be able to achieve their best in life. She cares deeply about all of the people who come to her, they aren't clients, they are part of her family, and their success is important to her. I wish they had had a facility like this when I was a child.

Mary202

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kassie is one of the hardest working people I know. She cares so deeply about the clients she serves and is always looking for new experiences to desensitize horses and make riders feel at ease and experience success. The work she does has served as a great inspiration to me to return to riding after a twenty year break. This year has been difficult for me after being diagnosed with breast cancer, a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction, and six months of chemotherapy. As I was home on medical leave, I would constantly check her page updates to see the smiling faces of others, who have dealt with their own challenges, riding with confidence. After talking with Kassie and receiving tons of support and encouragement from afar (I live in New York) I have begun taking riding lessons at a local facility. Kassie finds time to check in with me and compliment my successes and cheer me on from a distance. This has meant a great deal to me. It takes a ton of patience to do what she does and she should know how much her work means to those she serves.

D'Arcy D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is the premier facility for therapeutic riding in Mohave County. Humans from all walks of life are able to work on motor skills, communication skills, and quietly interact with horses. This experience is helpful for ADHD, ADD, RAD and the scale of autism diagnosed individuals. The improvement spills over into other aspects of life and the positive effects are profound. This is a place where outsiders are insiders and where dreams are made possible. Each student or volunteer matters and is welcomed.

If you have or know of an individual or group in need of experienced, safe, and joyful equine therapy, give KHH a call and make it happen.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have gotten to know Kassie over the last year or so, and i would like people to know the wonderful job she is doing for children, adults,, and horses. Over my many years i have seen people with horses with no knowledge try and teach, but they don't have what Kassie does, the love of horses and helping people any way she can, and is always learning new ways to help all. She has a great team helping her, that need a pat on the back also. I so enjoy reading and seeing pictures of the many people she has helped so please Kassie keep on posting. Your dream is now almost a reality.....keep up the wonderful work . I will be reading and singing you praises.....................................Cindi Breaux

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kassie was born and raised in Kingman and is now serving and giving back to the community in wonderful and life-changing ways! The work she is doing with Kingman's Healing Hooves is extraordinary! She is providing a much needed service and delivering it with a level of understanding and compassion that is truly a blessing! She definitely has a gift and she is using it to help and benefit others. The sky is the limit for Kassie and Kingman's Healing Hooves!

hosslevi

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have been more than just help to me. I'm the one who is the subject of the video and Kassie and her entire family has changed my life. I will be trying to make efforts to get back into the rodeo arena because of the work and confidence they have given me. I will always be in debt to them. God bless them all.

Cortney K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughters have been riding with Kassie and her team for approximately one year now. Our family has been blessed by the experience! My girls have gained confidence, learned about horse care and safety, and continue to grow their riding skills in a safe, professional environment. They look forward to their weekly lessons!

giacomo888

Client Served

Rating: 5

Meeting Kassie was a life changing event for me. I had a dream, and that dream was to become a horseman, to have an in depth understanding of the horse, an animal I loved for years. But I started my dream at 50 years old, which made it challenging. But through Kassie's methods, understanding and consistence I have excelled. Even my own personal life has changed, having issues with anxiety, my path with the horse and Kassie has almost eliminated that issue.

One day Her husband Tom was building a large hoist. He also designed a special saddle. Kassie informed me that it was for people with disabilities. I did not think about it until a week later, when a paraplegic cowboy wanted to ride a horse again. And Kassie made that possible, and I got to witness him ride a horse for the first time after a bad car accident. It really touched my heart, because I knew what he felt inside about horses, and Kassie reconnected that for him.

I also had the pleasure to experience Kassie, and her daughter Lindsey work with children with many disabilities including autism. I cannot explain in words the connection created between a horse and a child, and it magnifies with a child with disabilities. Kassie's incredible training abilities with the horse and these children will take your breath away.

One last heart warming comment I will make is Kassie is not alone. Her entire family pitches in to help, her daughter Lindsey who has so much of her mother's natural ability, herson Chad who matured into Kassies program, and her husband Tom, who works everyday to improve the facilities for everyone's enjoyment.

I still to this day enjoy the services I receive from Kassie, as my life has changed, and I can only hope this organization will have the ability to help many others in the future.