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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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Abby

By Morgan Kastenek on Feb 25, 2020 at 07:53 PM in Rider Stories

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Cori

By Morgan Kastenek on Feb 25, 2020 at 07:52 PM in Rider Stories

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Dani and Brooke

By Morgan Kastenek on Feb 25, 2020 at 07:51 PM in Rider Stories

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Benjamin

By Morgan Kastenek on Feb 25, 2020 at 07:48 PM in Rider Stories

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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 | 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.

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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 | 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.

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