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About Us

Hearts & Hooves began as a 501 (C)(3) non-profit riding center in June 2001. Since that time, hundreds children, youth and adults have enjoyed the benefit of riding in the Hearts & Hooves’ program. Hearts & Hooves earned Premier Accredited Center status through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) in June 2004, demonstrating that it operates in accordance with national standards as set by professional peers within the therapeutic riding industry. Hearts & Hooves is the only accredited center in the central Arkansas and one of only two to achieve this status in Arkansas.

The core of therapeutic riding at Hearts & Hooves is teamwork, beginning with the horse and rider, adding certified instructors and trained volunteers under the supervision of a licensed medical professional. Each Hearts & Hooves’ team works with riders in a fun, loving and positive way that can’t be duplicated in a clinical setting.

Hearts & Hooves provides an environment rich in the sights and smells of farm life – and is conveniently situated just outside of North Little Rock / Sherwood. Participants come to Hearts & Hooves for its unique programs, its experienced and credentialed staff, its convenient location and its clean, accessible facility.

WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC RIDING? Therapeutic riding uses equine-oriented activities for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well being of people with disabilities.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT: Hearts & Hooves enriches the lives of people with disabilities through partnership with the horse.

OUR VISION STATEMENT: Hearts & Hooves is the benchmark for the highest standards with the biggest heart in therapeutic equine assisted programs.

OUR CORE VALUES INCLUDE:

Teamwork
To value others
Service
Unity
Achievement
Dependability
Responsibility

Professionalism
PATH International
Quality
Safety
Integrity
Training
Appearance (facility & self)

Compassion
Accepting
Encouraging
Opportunity and success for all
Care of animals

Connect with Hearts & Hooves:

  • "like" us on Facebook (click here for link)
  • click the "contact us" link at the bottom of this page
  • email a staff member directly via the Staff page of this website
  • call our office: (501) 834-8509
  • use any of the above methods to request our newsletter Hoofprints, or our e-newsletter The Weekly Whinny

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 16:34

Rider Testimonials

It helps her language skills, self esteem and self-confidence…and the results have been amazing. One example of the benefit is that we had been trying to teach her how to ride her bicycle for the past several summers.  She came home one weekend and she just got on her bike on her own and just started riding. She had learned to hold her head up with good posture so that she could see where she was going. When she rides the horse, they tell her to hold her head up like a princess. I think balance and confidence is what made her get out there and ride that bike. ~LeJean, mother

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Volunteer Testimonials

When I came to Hearts & Hooves, I only came because of the horses. Now I come to see the kids and it’s so much fun. ~Ashley, age 15

 

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