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Hearts & Horses



Hearts & Horses
163 North County Road 29
Loveland CO 80537
970-663-4200

Tax ID/EIN: 84-1387873
Year Founded: 1997
Last Updated 2016-10-23

Public Charity


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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.

Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.

Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Hearts & Horses mission is to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being of people with special needs through equine assisted activities and therapies.

Hearts & Horses is a well-respected PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center with an outstanding record serving those with physical, mental and emotional needs since 1997. From youth at risk, to individuals with Alzheimer's, to children with Autism, Hearts & Horses impacts every life we touch.

In all of our programs, the horse is viewed as a therapy partner, teaching our young riders valuable lessons in communication, teamwork, respect, trust, and independence. Our four-legged therapists act as gentle teachers in this "hands on," experiential learning environment, providing an abundance of love, respect, and patience to an often fragile and vulnerable population.

Horse-related programs:
Hearts & Horses offers a dynamic 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. <br /><br />We have developed a variety of therapeutic and educational programs utilizing our herd of incredible four-legged therapists. We serve an average of 140-180 riders per week in the following programs:<br /><br />Therapeutic Riding & Hippotherapy<br />Therapeutic Riding - Children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities work with certified instructors in equestrian skill-based lessons to develop independent skills that carry over to their everyday lives.<br /><br />Hippotherapy - Physical, occupational and speech-language therapists partner with a horse to provide a powerful therapy team. The horse’s movement can improve balance, strength and coordination for individuals with disabilities.<br /><br />Changing Leads: Youth-at-risk find friendship, develop trust and form a deep connection when partnered with a horse. Emotions and behaviors are explored in a safe setting to reflect, learn and grow in order to improve the development of trust, respect, empathy, self-respect and confidence, accountability and conflict resolution.<br /><br />Interactive Vaulting: Using a vaulting barrel and a horse on a lunge line, Interactive Vaulting fosters teamwork, teaches respect for the horse, fosters independence, builds confidence, encourages social interaction, offers individualized instruction while mounted, and it introduces all gaits in a short period of time.<br /><br />Hearts and Horses for Heroes: Wounded service personnel and veterans interact with a horse to nurture self-awareness, trust, coping skills and relationship skills, contributing to improved quality of life and hope for the future.<br /><br />Riding in the Moment: This program helps facilitate seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia in finding joy in equine related activities. For some it is a chance to experience past memories and for others it is a new adventure.<br /><br />Kids, Horses and Healing Retreat: A collaborative program between Pathways Hospice and Hearts & Horses that started in 2003. The retreat, held two times per year, is designed to help young people explore grief through activities that include the care of horses, horseback riding and counseling in a group setting facilitated by experienced bereavement counselors and art therapists provided by Pathways Hospice. <br /><br />All Abilities Horsemanship Camp: Bringing together children with and without disabilities, All Abilities Camp is an exciting opportunity for campers to explore and celebrate their differences, while learning the importance of diversity, compassion and respect. All Abilities sessions are led by PATH certified instructors, who are equipped to work with a wide variety of special needs. Traditionally we offer two All Abilities Camp sessions annually.

Non-horse-related programs:
Hearts & Horses only provides equine assisted activities and therapies. We do, however, have two mules who are incredible assets to our programs.


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteers Needed!
WHearts and Horses primarily runs on volunteers! From working directly with horses and clients in classes to working on our 23 acre ranch, helping to turn out and turn in horses, clean stalls, etc. We need YOU!

Wish List Items


Machinery And Tools
Power tools (cordless drill, saws)
Pressure washer, Shop Vac
Extension cords
Riding lawn mower
Weedeater (gas powered)
Dimensional lumber
Gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot

Office Supplies
Sticky notes, copy paper, stamps, Labels, Sharpie permanent black markers, Cups, paper plates, plastic utensils, snacks for participants, cleaning supplies and chlorox wipes, soda for pop machine, Thank You & Birthday cards. Volunteer appreciation items: gift cards, coupons, novelty items. Gift cards to Office Depot, Walmart, Target.

Horse And Stable Supplies
Helmets, Reinbow Reins, Fly Spray, lunge whip, dressage whip, English & Western saddles, Bareback pad, Psyllium & horse treats, Dewormer, Sweet PDZ, Manure Fork replacement heads, Cat food, Gift cards