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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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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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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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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - December 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - December 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Dec 01, 2017 at 11:34 AM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter, Featured News

During this Holiday Season, I reflect on what all I am grateful for this year. Since joining the team here at Hearts in May, I’ve been so grateful for all the support from volunteers, donors, the board, families, and students. When the barn burnt to the ground on day 3 of my employment, it was truly amazing to see the community efforts in helping us out – from donations of feed to donations towards rebuilding.

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - November 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - November 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Nov 01, 2017 at 09:22 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to extend my sentiments of gratitude to our instructors, horses and participants. Together, we served a total of 92 individuals last month- 70 therapeutic riding students and 22 unmounted EFL students. These numbers have become the new benchmark at Hearts as our Equine Facilitated Learning program evolves and the therapeutic riding program remains full. Collectively, Hearts has served over 300 individuals from year to date, already exceeding this year’s goal.

The list of gratitude goes on and on thanks to the help of our amazing instructors, horses, and participants.

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - October 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - October 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Oct 01, 2017 at 01:30 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

Hearts celebrated our riders and our programs on Thursday, September 28th, at a fundraising luncheon at the Coral Casino with a crowd of 270 guests. Kevin Raimer, one of our wonderful veterans, shared his story and what Hearts has done for him, and John Reardon shared his daughter, Amy's, story with some compelling video to really bring it to life. In addition, we featured a video with stories and information about Hearts. Please click here to see it! We are so grateful to everyone who came and to those who supported the luncheon. It was hugely successful!

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The Hoofbeat Newsletter - September 2017

The Hoofbeat Newsletter - September 2017
By Morgan Kastenek on Sep 01, 2017 at 01:34 PM in The Hoofbeat Newsletter

I love September! It somehow feels like a second chance for refocusing my goals and energy. Perhaps it’s the reminder of the excitement I used to feel when I got to go school supply shopping (I’m still a fiend for office supplies!), or just the slight shift in the season. In any case, it’s an opportunity to review where we are and where we need to go in the remaining four months of the year. Perhaps it’s the reminder of the excitement I used to feel when I got to go school supply shopping (I’m still a fiend for office supplies!), or just the slight shift in the season. In any case, it’s an opportunity to review where we are and where we need to go in the remaining four months of the year.

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