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The Hoofbeat Newsletter

The Hoofbeat | June 2020

By Morgan Kastenek on Jun 30, 2020 at 10:50 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Hearts began its first phase of reopening at the beginning of this month. We plan to continue taking this transition very slowly and carefully so we can keep our staff, volunteers, and participants safe and healthy. We are following guidelines for social distancing, cleaning, and sanitizing set forth by Santa Barbara County.

Our programs are now modified to allow for lower-risk operations, including lessons provided to independent riders in the therapeutic riding program, Equine Services for Heroes, and most recently our summer camp, which is run in conjunction with SB Parks & Recreation. Our staff is evaluating our policies and procedures daily and making any necessary adjustments to keep our participants safe and healthy.

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The Hoofbeat | May 2020

By Morgan Kastenek on May 31, 2020 at 12:09 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

The staff at Hearts has worked hard to put together a plan for resuming some of our programs. While we are anxious and excited to begin inviting participants back to the ranch, we must keep everyone's health and safety at the forefront of our planning. We will be following guidelines for social distancing, cleaning, and sanitizing set forth by Santa Barbara County.

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The Hoofbeat | January 2020

By Morgan Kastenek on Jan 01, 2020 at 11:35 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

$2.5 million grant from the National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development, will fund a randomized 5-year-study to look into the physiology of why therapeutic horseback riding produces such positive results in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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The Hoofbeat | November 2019

By Morgan Kastenek on Nov 01, 2019 at 11:33 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, the staff at Hearts is reflecting upon our many blessings. We are grateful for our herd of 18 specially trained horses, for our enthusiastic participants and our kindhearted donors. It seems an impossible endeavor, but we must also try to express the extent of our gratitude for our invaluable volunteers. Without our 110 dedicated volunteers, Hearts lessons would not be possible. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds but they share a common thread, their devotion to the participants and horses at Hearts.

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The Hoofbeat | August 2019

By Morgan Kastenek on Aug 01, 2019 at 11:25 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

This year instead of the Pegasus Luncheon at the Coral Casino, we've partnered with NIGHTOUT to create an online Pegasus Drive.

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The Hoofbeat | June 2019

By Morgan Kastenek on Jun 18, 2019 at 06:02 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Hearts hosted its annual Barn Dance fundraising event on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at the Carriage and Western Art Museum in Santa Barbara. Guests enjoyed a live band, dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction.

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The Hoofbeat | May 2019

By Morgan Kastenek on May 17, 2019 at 07:31 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Hearts riders took home the gold at The Annual Student Horse Show. Participants of all ages showcased their reining and horsemanship skills before a captive audience.

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The Hoofbeat | March 2019

The Hoofbeat | March 2019
By Morgan Kastenek on Mar 12, 2019 at 08:36 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Ugo Arnoldi was among the group of men who rescued the Robert “Bob” Ramsey from the side of Painted Cave Road and the 154 Highway in 2016. Here is an excerpt from the story he wrote about the “Ram with Large Horns."

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The Hoofbeat | February 2019

The Hoofbeat | February 2019
By Morgan Kastenek on Feb 02, 2019 at 01:04 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

In honor of Valentine's Day happening this month, I thought it was only appropriate to highlight a study done by the Institute of HeartMath which explains the powerful connection between horse and human. And believe it or not, it has to do with our HEARTS!

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The Hoofbeat | January 2019

The Hoofbeat | January 2019
By Morgan Kastenek on Jan 11, 2019 at 11:00 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

There's never a dull moment at Hearts! From new horses to events, selfless volunteers to Minis on the Move, 2018 was filled with energy, excitement, and a whole lot of HEART!

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