Hooves for the Heart
“Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem.
They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls, they give us hope.” Toni Robinson
Hooves for the Heart, LLC offers equine facilitated mental health and learning, equine assisted activities and learning, bovine assisted activities and learning, and camelid assisted activities and learning to the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Eagle and Gore valleys for high-risk children and youth.

Terena Thomas, CEIP-ED is the founder of Hooves for the Heart, LLC. She believes we can make a difference and help heal children who suffer from emotional problems and mental traumas by interacting with horses on the ground as well as utilizing their movement. She has taught throughout the US and southern Australia. Her vision to help the children and youths is contagious! CATCH IT!

Our program has been developed over twenty years and has been used successfully as part of the healing for over 2,000 children with emotional disturbances. Expect to see children learning valuable life lessons through experiential learning while working with the horses. Equines are wonderful teachers, and our horses have been specifically trained to work with high-risk children. Research conducted in conjunction with the University of Colorado shows there is a significant increase in self-esteem development in children that earn the experience of working with the horses.

The mission of Hooves for the Heart Therapeutic Riding Center is to provide a therapeutic equine, bovine and camelid experience designed to encourage, enrich and empower individuals. Through the therapeutic benefits of animals and nature in an uplifting and nurturing setting, Hooves for the Heart is a place where bodies are challenged, minds embrace possibilities, and spirits are renewed. We provide the opportunity for children and youth with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities to grow and develop from therapeutic, educational and recreational activities and experiences with other animals.
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Its Not Just Horsing Around with Defiant Kids - Product
Terena Thomas, CEIP-ED, the founder of Hooves for the Heart, LLC has been a registered riding instructor with NARHA for over ten years and is a Certified Equine Interaction Professional. She has won numerous awards in Western and English disciplines. Horses have long been a passion of hers and knowing how much comfort they brought to her growing up, it was only natural for her to create a program of equine intervention for the emotionally disturbed children living in foster care with her family. Her love of horses and children creates an atmosphere of respect and honor for all living creatures.

It's Not Just Horsing Around with Defiant Kids is a strategic design for equine assisted therapy with high-risk children. This product covers the step-by-step plan of specialized riding lessons for children suffering from emotional disorders. The goal of this product is to provide guidance, insight and knowledge to professionals interested in starting or enhancing a program of their own.

Teaching tools including six complete lesson plans, three DVDs with full visuals to guide you, PLUS a bonus informational DVD. Everything you need to know for a successful program to help challenging children, just add a horse and your horse sense! This program has helped children with: ADD, ADHD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Aspergers, Autism, Bi Polar Disorder, Depression, ODD, as well as other diagnosis.