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The Hoofbeat | August 2018

The Hoofbeat | August 2018
By Morgan Kastenek on Aug 22, 2018 at 04:21 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Every summer we invite kids from the community, as well as kids already enrolled in our riding program to come spend a week at Hearts to participate in a horse-themed summer camp. We also have groups from Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and CALM participate. Our campers get to develop friendships with our amazing horses and volunteers while learning about horse science, horsemanship, equine-facilitated learning activities and basic riding skills.

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The Hoofbeat | May 2018

The Hoofbeat | May 2018
By Morgan Kastenek on May 01, 2018 at 03:32 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Our participants certainly did us proud at our Annual Student Horse Show on Saturday, April 21st. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day! The sun was out, the horses were ready to go, and our participants looked amazing! It was a day filled with excitement and celebration.

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The Hoofbeat | April 2018

The Hoofbeat | April 2018
By Morgan Kastenek on Apr 01, 2018 at 03:23 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 15-21 - Today is a day to remind all of you just how much our volunteers are appreciated. In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 15-21, it is my pleasure on behalf of the staff and Board of Directors, to formally express our gratitude to all Hearts volunteers! We currently have 146 active volunteers and last year alone, our volunteers completed over 16,000 hours of volunteer service. WOW!

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The Hoofbeat | March 2018

By Morgan Kastenek on Mar 01, 2018 at 03:15 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Hearts installed a motorized lift in January, which has positively impacted several program participants in just a short amount of time. The structure in which the motorized lift lives was generously donated by members of Los Rancheros Pobres, a local men's horseback riding club. The new lift structure was dedicated on Sunday, February 25 at Hearts. Over 28 members of the Pobres donated funds for this special project.

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Stories From The Barn - February 1, 2018

Stories From The Barn -  February 1, 2018
By Morgan Kastenek on Feb 09, 2018 at 08:33 PM in Stories From the Barn

The past couple months have no doubt been devastating and traumatic for so many in our community. Yet, even while we experienced the tragedy of fire and flood, the horses of Hearts remained steady:

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The Hoofbeat | February 2018

The Hoofbeat | February 2018
By Morgan Kastenek on Feb 01, 2018 at 03:09 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

December and January have been traumatic to our community. Here at Hearts, we were lucky that we were not seriously affected, other than having to close program for a total of 11 days. We are keeping those affected in our thoughts and prayers. We know that Santa Barbara will recover, although it will take some time. The upper road above Hearts has been very busy with dump trucks dropping off debris. The debris is dirt, mud, and trees, so there are no adverse effects. While this has slowed down people coming for lessons and volunteering, it has also affected our more sensitive horses, so we have mitigated the issue with changes as far as utilizing the cross-ties and dismounting in the arena or at the ramp.

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Dani

Dani
By Morgan Kastenek on Jan 23, 2018 at 12:04 AM in Rider Stories

Dani suffered a spinal cord injury 5 years ago. As a quadriplegic, she has limited strength in her core and paralysis through much of her body. Sitting in a wheelchair all day causes severe back and spine pain, while the stagnancy can also make her tense.

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Keaton

Keaton
By Morgan Kastenek on Jan 22, 2018 at 12:06 AM in Rider Stories

Keaton was just four years old when he began therapeutic riding at Hearts. Four years later, the Slay family says Hearts is truly a blessing. Over the years we have come to appreciate the kind, caring, and consistent staff. Keaton, who has Down syndrome, rides once a week.

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Kristin

Kristin
By Morgan Kastenek on Jan 21, 2018 at 12:23 AM in Rider Stories

Kristin is an energetic, kind and warm girl who is hearing impaired. In her group lesson, she is a teacher as well as a student she teaches us new signs each day related to what we are doing in the lesson.

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - January 2018

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - January 2018
By Morgan Kastenek on Jan 01, 2018 at 08:02 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center touches the lives of adults and children with varying physical and cognitive abilities. Just over a year ago, a young boy named Benjamin came to Hearts to begin riding lessons. Before starting lessons, Benjamin was only able to walk with the aid of a walker, and often got around his own home by walking on his knees. After just 4 months of riding lessons, a true miracle occurred.

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