Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center
4420 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Mailing Address:
PO Box 30662
Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Phone: 805-364-5201

EIN: 77-0460907
Founded: 1985
Last Updated 2020-04-29

Public Charity

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Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Since 1985, Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center’s mission has been to provide equine-assisted activities and therapies to inspire, strengthen, and motivate people of all ages and capabilities. As a Premier Accredited Center certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), Hearts uses effective equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) to help individuals who live with chronic and profound physical, cognitive, behavioral, or emotional challenges to achieve dramatic improvements in things like mobility, core strength, balance, speech, focus, communication, and overall well-being. With a staff of 3 full-time and ten part-time employees, a dedicated corps of 110 volunteers, and 18 specially-trained therapy horses, Hearts offers year-round programs including a mounted program for children and adults, an unmounted program for at-risk or special needs youth, a Veterans program, and summer camps for both non-disabled and special needs children.

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

Our organization conducts Equine Assisted Services (EAS) in accordance with the EQUUS Foundation Guidelines on Qualifications of Organizations Conducting Equine-Assisted Services (EAS).

Our organization provides community outreach and/or public education programs involving horses.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of some of the equines involved in our programs and some of the equines in our programs are cared for and sheltered by other organization(s).

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Facility/Grounds Maintenance
Minimum Age: 14
The facility teams works directly with our Barn Manager to keep the property clean and safe for horses and riders. They take on projects such as painting signs, mucking stalls, keeping grass/weeds out of high traffic horse areas, and cleaning up the arena...just to name a few.

The marketing team works directly with our Executive Director in three areas: media and public relations; publications - newsletter, brochures, etc; and photography.

Fundraising And Event Planning Team
Minimum Age: 14
This important team works directly with our Executive Director to help plan and execute our special events such as the Pegasus Luncheon.

Lesson Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
Lesson volunteers work directly with our PATH certified instructors by assisting in, before and after the lessons. Main responsibilities include grooming and tacking the horses for lessons, leading or side-walking with a rider during the lesson, and untacking and grooming horses after the lesson.

Wish List Items

Horse Supplies
EQUINE MSM PREMIUM - 30 LB, Partrade Hoof Pick With Brush 7in Black (12), Grooma Original Horse and Pet General Purpose Comb (12), Intrepid International Panda Horse Brush (12), Canola Oil, Bags of Carrots.

Office Supplies
Copy Paper, Rolls of Stamps, Disposable cups, Labels: Brother P-Touch label refill: 9mm 3/8”; Avery 5160 mailing labels,Sticker name tags, Clip style badges with Avery 74536 refills.

Facility Supplies
Easy-Up Tents (2), Gas-Powered Weed Trimmer, Air Compressor, Power Washer, 3 manure forks, Manure/feed cart (large), 5 Trash cans (35 gal), 4 portable benches.

Rainbow Reins, Wintec 500 Pony All Purpose Saddle 15 Black, Wintec Western Saddle With Full Quarter Horse Bar - Brown, 15, Wintec Western Youth Saddle 13In Brown, Wintec 500 All Purpose Saddle Flocked 16.5 Black, Wintec All Rounder Western Saddle - Wide/Full QH Bars, BROWN, 17" SEAT, Ovation Essential Airoform All Purpose Girth 38" + 48" +52", HDR Childs Pre-Stretch Stirrup Leathers 48 Oakbark, erby Originals Peacock Safety Stirrup Irons St. Steel w/ Rubber Pads Adult 4-3/4", Roma Sheepskin Half Pad With Full Rolled Edges Black/champ, Charmayne James by Professionals Choice 28X30 Equine Smx Air-Ride Orthosport Barrel Saddle Pad (Crimson Red), Neon NYLON rainbow reins.

Arena Supplies
Cones (all sizes), tall poles, ground poles, barrels, rings, balls

*Guardians 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. The Guardian Designation is awarded annually.
Equine Welfare Network Guardian
Effective Date
May 31, 2020

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