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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - August 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - August 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Aug 01, 2017 at 01:41 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Someone asked me recently what I liked most about working at Hearts. While it’s hard to choose just one thing, I think the one that stands out to me is that every day I get to see the mission in action. Taking a break from my desk, and walking out to see a class, visit the campers, or talk to volunteers as they tack up horses – it’s always a clear focus on our mission and seeing riders and participants expand their horizons, explore their limits, and find healing relief in the magic of the horses.

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - July 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - July 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Jul 01, 2017 at 01:45 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

With the many donations we’ve received in the last month, we were able to rebuild the barn and have it completed by late June. We are so grateful to everyone who contributed! In addition to the financial donations we received, we were also thrilled to receive in-kind donations along with discounted costs from our contractors and suppliers.

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - May 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - May 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on May 01, 2017 at 01:50 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

On the morning of May 18th, a fire occurred in the Hearts hay-barn. The result was a complete loss of the contents of the barn, including a month's worth of hay, grain, supplements and equine medications. The heat also affected one of our Tack Shack storage containers, destroying half our inventory. Despite the loss of material goods, the horses, personnel and nearby stalls and storage sheds are all safe thanks to our neighbors at the Department of Public Works, County Sheriff's Department, and Fire Fighters.

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - April 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - April 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Apr 01, 2017 at 06:22 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Devon Sachey, Hearts’ Program Director, and I looked at each other in wonder the other day because of the activity embracing Hearts right now. Not only do we have new horses coming in, we’re welcoming new riders and EFL participants, counting RSVP’s for our Barn Dance, preparing our riders for CALNET (a horseshow for athletes with disabilities at the LA Equestrian Center), getting ready for our own Horseshow, and prepping for five weeks of Summer Camp. If you’re impressed, so are we! Hearts has really come a long way and the hustle and bustle are both invigorating and satisfying.

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - March 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - March 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Mar 01, 2017 at 06:32 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Most days I pull into the parking lot at Hearts deep in thought. I often have a to-do list in my head, and am running through all the things that need to be accomplished that week/day/hour. From checking in with staff, to following up with donors, to reviewing the status of invitations and events, to mundane operational things, bills, budgets, insurance and the like, let's just say I'm physically present, but my mind is often other places!

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - February 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - February 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Feb 01, 2017 at 06:41 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

2017 is showing us a different kind of year–we’ve launched with a bang! Record breaking numbers of students, rainy days inspiring fun lessons in the round-pen, two afternoons a week with Girls, Inc. equine facilitated learning (EFL) participants, and that just touches the surface! I’m often hidden away in my office or out on meetings, so it always gives me great joy to have those quiet moments where I can watch a lesson or listen to our volunteers banter in the cross-ties.

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - January 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - January 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Jan 01, 2017 at 06:48 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

I hope you had a joyous holiday with friends and family. It was quiet at Hearts, with the horses and staff taking two weeks of much needed vacation. Looking back at 2016, it seems that, as a society, we went through a great deal of tumult. Whether it was passion for a particular political figure, sorrow over the loss of an icon, fear of political or economic change the quiet two weeks that closed out the year felt like a salve. Sometimes we need a little peace to appreciate the important things.

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