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Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center

EIN: 77-0460907
Founded: 1985
PO Box 30662
Santa Barbara CA 93130

Physical Address:
4420 Calle Real
Santa Barbara,CA 93111
Last Updated 2017-08-30

Public Charity

Equine Welfare Network Guardian
We are proud to be a *2017 Guardian and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

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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 and shelter of horses.

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:
Founded in 1985, Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center was created to teach people with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities how to ride horses. Over the past 30 years, that mission has evolved to include Horsemanship Skills, a Veterans Program, and most recently, Equine Facilitate Learning (EFL). Hearts also offers a limited number of able-body lessons to support our therapeutic program.

Horse-related programs:
Hearts offers a series of horse-related programs, including:<br />1) Therapeutic Riding: Riders with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities are provided with volunteer support and an appropriate horse to learn how to ride.<br />2) Veterans Program: To honor and support our Veterans, Hearts has allocated a whole day in which Veterans can groom, tack, trail-ride, take a lesson, or simply hang out with our horses. This program was designed to provide Veterans with an opportunity to be part of a cohesive unit, where they can be of service to each other, and decompress from the stress of daily life.<br />3) Horsemanship Skills: Primarily employing ground-work, this program is designed to help individuals gain comfort around horses, and teach basic skills such as grooming and leading.<br />4) Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP): In partnership with REINS of Hope in Ojai, CA, Hearts is pleased to offer EAP in support of individuals, families or Veterans in need of experiential counseling.<br />5) Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL): These ground-work sessions empower individuals (children and adults) by using horses to teach effective communication and coping strategies. As horses are natural barometers to human emotion, with the assistance of an EAGALA certified, licensed marriage family therapist and PATH certified equine specialist, we are able to provide experiential learning opportunities to participants.

Non-horse-related programs:
Hearts adopted a lone sheep in December, 2016, which is used in some of our EFL work.

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.