Equine Therapy

Hooves for the Heart, LLC
                                                     Healing hearts, one hoofbeat at a time.

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Program and Product

The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.  Sir Winston Churchill

Hooves for the Heart, LLCtherapeutic horseback riding

Terena is the founder of Hooves for the Heart, LLC which is an equestrian program for challenging children in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. She believes we can make a difference with these tough kids and created this dynamic program to make it happen. She has taught throughout the US and southern Australia. Her vision to help the children is contagious! CATCH IT!

This program is designed to help heal children who suffer from emotional problems and mental traumas by interacting with equines on the ground as well as utilizing their movement. This 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.

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 holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado. She is certified through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) and the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association. This dedicated young woman is a Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor with special emphasis on animals and children.


Its Not Just Horsing Around with Defiant Kids DVD Set

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Product: It's Not Just Horsing Around With Defiant Kids! DVD Set

By Terena Thomas

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.

It’s a power-packed, proven program including a 175 page manual with six complete lesson plans and three DVDs with full visuals to create your own program to help challenging children. 

* A complete 175 page manual

* Teaching tools including six complete lesson plans

* Three DVD’s 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, and RAD, as well as other diagnosis.





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Terena Thomas, CEIP-ED
Head Instructor

Hooves for the Heart, LLC
A PATH International Riding Program
14503 Colorado River Road
Gypsum, CO 81637

Fax: 970.524.4114

Warning: Under Colorado law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine related
activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 13-21-119, Colorado Revised Statutes.
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