At Hand, Hoof, and Heart, our mission is to support people of all abilities towards improving cognitive, physical, emotional, and social functioning through the use of therapeutic animal-assisted programs.
THERAPEUTIC RIDING PROGRAM
Our Therapeutic Riding program is designed to improve the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional functioning of riders with disabilities. Lessons are taught by PATH certified riding instructors and sessions are adapted to fit the unique needs of each student. Lesson plans include instruction on grooming, tacking, and basic riding skills as well as games and exercises that support our student's goals. This program is suitable for riders aged 4 and older. Our program is experienced with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Global Apraxia, Sensory Processing, Auditory Processing, ODD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and more.
THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM
This program encourages creativity, self-reflection, and confidence while focusing on horsemanship from the ground and in the saddle. Students in this program are given creative control over their own goals within the barn and lesson plans are designed to build a sense of self-awareness, independence, and responsibility. This program does not offer any focus on competitive riding styles and each student will progress at their own rate. Students participate in two mounted lessons per month and 2 - 3 unmounted lessons per month once registered for the program. This program accepts students aged 7+ and is suitable for students with learning disabilities, anxiety, and low self-esteem. *please note that this program is not suitable for anyone looking to progress in riding as a sport. this program is an all-around educational horsemanship program*
EQUINE-ASSISTED LEARNING PROGRAM
Our equine-assisted learning program offers in-depth and hands-on equine education from the ground. Students in this program work alongside our equine partners through lesson plans that strengthen self-reflection, confidence, and independence. This program is suitable for ages 13+ and students interested in horse ownership, veterinary medicine, training, animal behavior, animal husbandry, equine nutrition, and more. This program is also suitable for students who need support while navigating new environments, stepping out of their comfort zone, building confidence, and understanding and controlling their emotions.
Summer 2023 camp information TBA! We are excited to be offering three unique camp experiences including:
Camp All For One: open to campers with or without disabilities, offers a 2:1 or 1:1 camper/counselor ratio, and is packed with outdoor activities.
Camp Own-A-Pone: Perfect for the future horse owner and veterinarian. Features in-depth and hands-on equine education.
*NEW in 2023*
Camp Future Farmers: Featuring small animal husbandry, gardening, and farm-to-table cooking with a focus on team building and leadership skills.
Show your support
We are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. All donations to our program are tax-deductible.
Sponsors can choose to directly support a rider in need or assist with the monthly care of one of our equine partners.
Rider sponsor - $260 - 1 month of lessons for one rider
Equine sponsor bronze - $150 - covers 1 month of feed for 1 horse
Equine sponsor silver - $250 - covers 1 month of feed, a farrier visit and a chiro adjustment for 1 horse
Equine sponsor gold - $500 covers a full month of bills (feed, hay, farrier, supplements etc) for one horse
If you would like to contribute to our program differently, our program is always in need of supplies on the farm including feed, hay, first aid, grooming, supplements, and more. Please get in touch with us directly for more information or click on the button below to get to our amazon wish list.
You may also call Acworth Feed at (770)529-0319 to purchase bags of Seminole wellness senior, Seminole equalizer, and timothy pellets.