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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.


To value others

PATH International
Appearance (facility & self)

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

"But at Hearts and Hooves, there is also a special relationship between the rider and volunteers.The volunteers provide such a warm supportive atmosphere. Through their friendly banter andsmiles, Olivia realizes that it’s okay to take chances because she is safe and has people who caresurrounding her. Without a doubt since she began riding, she is more confident, outgoing and happy." - Robin, parent of rider
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Volunteer Testimonials

After retirement, I was looking for something to do. Mostly I wanted to be with my daughter, Pat. After knowing what goes on out there, seeing the horses, and the knowing the personnel, it make me want to do something more. Before I had my back problems, I was able to do all the sweeping, but since my injury I am so happy to be able to help out any way I can, especially cleaning tack. ~Eddie, age 89


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