To promote the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social well being of people with special needs through equine assisted therapy.
What is Hearts and Horses? It is a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding center founded in 1997 to help people with disabilities regain physical, emotional and social skills using the horse to help heal.
Where are we located? In Loveland, west on Carter Lake Road. 163 No. County Rd. 29. Phone 970-663-4200. Website: www.heartsandhorses.org
Who do we serve? Children and adults with disabilities that may include autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and learning disabilities to name just a few. We also have programs designed specifically for Veterans and At-Risk-Youth. We serve all of Northern Colorado.
Why horses? The gait of a horse simulates the human walk and cannot be replicated mechanically. The benefits include improved muscle tone, posture, strength, range of motion, flexibility, coordination, gross and fine motor skills, right and left discrimination, communication, social skills and emotional well-being.
Financial Support Monies to support the program come from rider fees, grants, donations, fund raising events and earned income.
Leadership The Executive Director of Hearts and Horses is Dori Eppstein-Ransom. She is supported by a 12-person Board of Directors that includes a number of community leaders. Current President of the Board is Ginger Dodge. Hearts & Horses is one of only six Premier NARHA Accredited Centers in Colorado and we are an affiliate agency of United Way of Larimer County.
Volunteers Hearts & Horses relies heavily on volunteer support. More than 500 volunteers assist the organization annually.