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Horses Touching Hearts 

Therapeutic Riding Association 

Horses Touching Hearts 

About : Horses Touching Hearts Therapeutic Riding Association was founded in August 2018 with a focus on delivering

             health and education services to local children and adults with a wide range of physical, intellectual and learning 

             disabilities. Starting with two instructors, two horses and ten volunteers, including an active and committed 

             board, we are growing into a community-recognized organization.

  

Goals 

        * Provide high quality horse-assisted therapy for children, youth and adults with a wide range of physical,                               intellectual and learning disabilities.

        * Provide programs that fill service needs within our community, continually seeking input from our clients and

           their families, service professionals and organizations.

        * Continue outreach and collaboration with organizations, agencies, schools and others serving this often 

           marginalized population, ensuring that needs are met and lives are enriched.  

Key Achievements

        * Successfully offering therapeutic horseback riding services and continually improving.

        * Ongoing establishment and maintenance of collaborative relationships with local area school districts, public

           and private agencies and medical practices.

        * Staff recruitment, retention and training focused on compassion for our riders and knowledge of their needs

           and abilities.

        * Ongoing care and feeding of carefully-selected, well-trained equines.      

Distinctiveness 

Horses Touching Hearts is a unique therapeutic riding center because:

        * Our rider-focused approach uses therapy plans that are customized for each individual, assessing his or her unique

           needs and working toward individualized goals. The nurturing environment we provide allows riders to relax and 

           focus on tasks to be accomplished at each lesson and work toward positive outcomes over the course of weeks,

           month or years as they build confidence, strength and skills.   

        * Our small program size gives riders more one-on-one time with their instructors and volunteers, enhancing the 

           the therapeutic experience. Students also work on their social skills as they are given time in the lessons to work

           together with other students in certain activities.