More Ways to Give

Please consider donating now to help us expand our services to even more riders and participants in Santa Barbara County. Hearts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that receives no state or federal funding. Our annual operating budget is $473,000 and only one-third of our income comes from lesson fees; the rest is raised through private donations, grants, and fundraising. More than one-third of the riders at Hearts receive a portion of scholarship assistance towards lesson fees. Donations are critical to ensuring that no one is turned away from our services due to a lack of means.

Here’s how you can make a difference:

  • $25 helps fund our scholarship program.
  • $65 provides one therapeutic riding lesson.
  • $260 provides scholarships for a class of 4 riders.
  • $2,880 provides riding lessons for a student for one year.

Please contact our Development & Marketing Manager, DeeDee Conrad, for more information about donating to Hearts at 805-364-5201 or [email protected]. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 30662, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.

Tax ID # 77-0460907

Therapy Horse Sponsorship Program

Having happy and healthy horses is essential to providing safe and effective programs to over 80 participants each week. Not only does a sponsorship gift support an individual therapy horse, it enables our clients to benefit from our therapeutic services, and to experience the joy of our Hearts community. Because the care of our horses is covered by donations, Hearts is able to keep costs low for participants. By sponsoring a therapy horse, you are allowing more participants to have access to the life-changing benefits of our programs. It’s truly a gift that everyone can benefit from!

Sponsor benefits include:

  • A 100% tax-deductible contribution (your gift is restricted to the care of our horses)
  • Your name(s) placed on the horse’s stall
  • Recognition at Hearts events and on our website
  • Visits to Hearts to see your sponsored therapy horse

The annual sponsorship amount is $7,00 which contributes to hay, supplements, medication, and veterinary costs for one horse. This amount can be paid once ($3,500), or in low monthly payments ($292 per payment). Co-Sponsorships in the amout of $3,500 are also available. 

Click here to see horses available to sponsor.

Shop in our Tack Shack

We have a tack store full of second-hand items at exceptionally low prices. We have a great selection of boots, saddles, bridles, blankets, brushes and more.  All of our items for sale have been donated by local community members and 100% of the proceeds go back to the Hearts Therapeutic programs.

The Tack Shack is volunteer-run and open Saturday's from 9:00-12:00 year-round.

Horse Acquisition

It takes a very special horse to be a therapeutic riding horse, and Hearts is always on the lookout for new candidates for our program.   Hearts’ therapeutic riding horses need to meet the criteria necessary for them to be safe and useful in our riding program and to ensure that they’ll be happy with their job.

If you have a special horse that could work for our program, please fill out our pre-screening application to begin the screening process. Contact Duane for more information 401.862.1160, [email protected].

Photography by Emily Hart-Roberts

Our work is made possible by our community of supporters. Please consider donating today.

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