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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.


The Hoofbeat | December 2019

By Morgan Kastenek on Dec 01, 2019 at 11:39 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

What a remarkable year it's been at the Hearts ranch. We are happy to report that we are closing out 2019 with a herd of 18 healthy horses, and a united team of dedicated volunteers and staff. Our participants continue to amaze us with their progress towards functional ambulation, improved speech, and non-verbal communication.

Our collective accomplishments would not have been possible without your donation of time and resources. Please accept a sincere thank you from the Hearts staff and board of directors. Your generosity of spirit continues to inspire us as we forge ahead into the new year.


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.


The Hoofbeat | September 2019

By Morgan Kastenek on Sep 01, 2019 at 11:30 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Mark Z. was born in Buffalo, New York. He moved to Santa Barbara to attend the Pacifica Graduate Institute after completing four years of service in the United States Marine Corps, including two tours of duty in Iraq. While interning at Hospice of Santa Barbara, he learned about Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Mark was grappling with chronic back pain related to an injury he sustained while in the service. He was hesitant to engage in physical activities for fear of exacerbating his injury, and this was affecting his overall quality of life.


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.


The Hoofbeat | July 2019

By Morgan Kastenek on Jul 01, 2019 at 11:20 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Luciano came to Hearts during the summer of 2017. His parents hoped he might develop his fine motor skills as well as core strength and balance. One of Luciano's personal goals was to grow strong enough to ride a bicycle.


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.


Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center Hosts Barn Dance

By Morgan Kastenek on May 17, 2019 at 07:38 PM in Past Events

On May 11, about 165 supporters of Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center (Hearts) gathered at the Carriage and Western Art Museum for its annual Barn Dance. The event funds scholarships for low-income children and adults with disabilities so they can participate in Hearts’ therapeutic horseback riding program. Funds also support Hearts’ veteran’s program, Equine Services for Heroes, and its at-risk youth program, run in partnership with Girls Inc. and CALM.


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.


The Hoofbeat | April 2019

By Morgan Kastenek on May 17, 2019 at 07:12 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Our volunteers are the heartbeat of Hearts- without them, we would not be able to serve our riders as effectively and efficiently as we do. Hearts volunteers not only provide help with sessions and facilities, they provide a positive and accepting group that support Hearts’ riders, staff, and horses. Volunteers start out by receiving training as sidewalkers or barn crew, and as they volunteer their time at Hearts they begin to grow in their horsemanship skills and comradery with one another. The Hearts volunteers emotionally and physically support our riders in sessions by providing encouragement, smiles, and hand-over-hand help or appropriate holds when needed. For our horses, volunteers are providers of positive energy, love, and of course- carrots!


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