FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How much does it cost to ride?

Therapeutic (Sports) Riding is offered in group classes in eight week sessions, ranging from $180 to $400.

Do you accept insurance?

Hearts & Horses does not take insurance at this time. We do offer a limited number of partial scholarships to help cover the cost to ride at Hearts & Horses.

How do I get started as a rider at Hearts & Horses?

The first step is to fill out the Participant Intake Form. Once you fill this form out someone will be in touch with you to schedule a meet and greet where you will get a tour of the ranch and discuss class times and goals.

Why a Horse?

A horse’s movement closely resembles the normal gait of a human and can be used to produce specific physical changes in the rider, including muscle tone, posture, balance, and increased strength. Movement exploration while on the horse can help improve overall body awareness, sensory input, and establish rhythm. Educational goals can enhance the rider’s cognitive function. Letter recognition, sequencing, social situations, and challenging activities are just a few ways that riders learn new skills.
Horses are social creatures exhibiting great beauty, power, and grace. The horse has the ability to mirror what humans are experiencing and feeling. Their accepting nature and their ability to give immediate objective non-verbal feedback combine to create an ideal experiential learning environment.

Can we get a tour of the ranch?

You can visit Hearts & Horses anytime, Monday thru Friday while a staff member is on the property. Please call our office at 970-663-4200 to schedule a tour.

Where are you located?

We are located at 163 N. County Road 29, Loveland CO  80537

How do I lease or donate a horse to Hearts & Horses?

It is mentally and physically challenging for a horse to perform the job that we require them to complete daily. They must be sound at the walk, trot, and canter with three rhythmic and balanced gaits. The horses must listen to both voice and leg signals, be quiet and well-mannered on the ground, and be accepting of assistive devices and equipment. All of our horses must tolerate one or two people walking and trotting beside them. We prefer horses who are younger than 18 years old and are under 16.2 hands tall. If you are considering Hearts & Horses as a home for your horse, please see Our Horses.

What ages do you serve?

Hearts & Horses serves a variety of ages and abilities.
  • Therapeutic Riding serves ages 4 years and older.
  • Therapy Services serves ages 2 years and older.
  • Changing Leads serves ages 5 to 21 years old.
  • Riding in the Moment serves seniors facing the challenges of aging, memory loss, and cognitive impairments.
  • Hearts & Horses for Heroes serves Veterans and Service Personnel of all ages.

How do I get started as a volunteer?

All volunteers must attend an Orientation before being able to volunteer in any capacity at Hearts & Horses. For more information, visit our Volunteering page.

What is Equine Facilitated Learning?

Equine Facilitated Learning is experiential learning utilizing horses to encourage personal exploration of feelings and behaviors which can assist in the development of trust, respect, empathy, self-respect, confidence, accountability and conflict resolution.

What is the difference between Therapy Services (Hippotherapy) and Therapeutic Riding?

Hearts & Horses’ Therapeutic Riding program focuses on teaching riding skills to participants as young as 4 years of age with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities. Our PATH Intl.-certified therapeutic riding instructors work with the riders to participate in a recognized sport and to develop independent skills that carry over to their everyday lives. Once they are mounted, many of our riders experience a freedom of motion and ability that they do not or cannot enjoy in other aspects of their lives.
Therapy services are a direct medical treatment provided by a licensed physical therapist or occupational therapist and can start as young as age two. Hippotherapy means “treatment with the help of the horse” from the Greek word hippos, meaning horse. It is used primarily for participants who have movement dysfunctions. Movement of the horse is the key in therapy sessions and students can benefit from improvement in posture, balance, sensory processing and functional mobility.

What programs do you offer?

Hearts & Horses offers an array of equine-assisted programs that are designed to empower participants, promote self-sufficiency, and encourage growth, both inside and outside of the riding arena. We have developed a variety of therapeutic and educational programs utilizing our herd of incredible four-legged therapists. For many of our clients, equine-assisted activities and therapies are among the only interventions that work. Individuals participate in one of the following programs at Hearts & Horses: Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Horses for Heroes, Changing Leads, Riding in the Moment or Interactive Vaulting.

Can I donate tack?

Hearts & Horses Tack Shoppe has everything from brushes and hoof picks to saddles, saddle pads, bits and bridles. We typically accept tack donations Monday-Friday from 9-5PM. Please call ahead 970-663-4200 to schedule a time to drop off your tack donations. If we cannot use your donation for our program, we use the proceeds from the sale to purchase specialized tack and equipment as needed.
For more information, visit the Tack Shoppe page.

Do you offer Scholarships?

We have a limited number of partial scholarships available to those who have demonstrated need. For more information, visit our Scholarships page.