“Volunteering at Hearts and Horses has been the most rewarding thing I have done in my life. Each and every student and rider has touched my heart in a special way as have all the other volunteers, the incredible staff and of course our equine partners. To watch the horses work their magic with the riders, to see the smiles and horse/human connection and to know that I am a small part of this process is such a blessing. Our reward is being a witness to the impact that our programs and our horses give to our riders.” ~Deb Cheuvront
Nestled in the foothills of Northern Colorado, Hearts & Horses is a well-respected PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Premier Accredited Facility that has an outstanding record serving those with physical, mental and emotional needs since 1997. Hearts and Horses serves approximately 160 riders per week with the primary assistance of a wonderful herd of horses, over 1,300 volunteers annually and a highly qualified staff. The 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. Hearts & Horses is committed to excellence, not only in Northern Colorado, but also in the field of therapeutic horsemanship internationally – where programs are therapy-based and outcome-oriented. Hearts and Horses was named Non Profit of the Year by the Loveland Chamber of Commerce in 2013, a testament to the amazing work they do for individuals with disabilities in our community.
How can you get involved?
Volunteer – It takes a small army to operate all the programs at Hearts and Horses and to keep the ranch operations moving smoothly and safely. With over 1,500 volunteers giving of their time each year, Hearts and Horses runs one of the largest volunteer programs in Larimer County.
Give – Get involved today by donating your time, dollars, horse, tack, products or services. Gifts to Hearts & Horses, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Ride – Programs for children and adults with disabilities range from our Therapeutic Riding program to Changing Leads program for youth at risk, to Hearts & Horses for Heroes for veterans, to Riding in the Moment for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“My time spent working with the students, volunteers and staff at Hearts and Horses is always an exceptional experience. There is an “awakening” that takes place in the young people as they interact with each other and their equine partners. Shuttered bodies straighten and open. Down-cast eyes unveil, brighten, and crisply focus. Quiet, small voices lift and transform small words into big power. Each time I leave I know I have been witness to transformation in everyone involved. I wish every kid who needed a “leg up” could find their way to Hearts and Horses.”~Pam Barker
Hearts & Horses deliberately keeps riding fees low by significantly underwriting the cost in order to make the innovative services affordable to everyone. Additionally, over 50% of the riders require scholarship assistance. With the commitment to “never turn a rider away”, the need for financial support to run the programs at Hearts and Horses is great. Without community support, Hearts and Horses simply could not exist. One community event not to miss is their annual Lucky Hearts Casino Night Gala (October 1, 2016.) The Lucky Hearts Casino Night has become one of Northern Colorado’s premier charity events. Known for its robust live and silent auctions, last year’s event attracted over 600 guests who told Hearts and Horses that they have never had so much FUN while contributing to an outstanding Northern Colorado non-profit agency.
For more information on Hearts and Horses or to participate in the Lucky Hearts Casino Night go to www.heartsandhorses.org.
163 North CR 29, Loveland, CO 80537