Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center, Inc. is dedicated to promoting physical and emotional wellness to those of all abilities by providing as many positive experiences using horses as a therapeutic tool in a safe, supportive, and all-inclusive environment.
Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center, Inc is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization supported by 7 board members, one employee (CEO), and over 45 volunteers. The non-profit is located in Union Springs, NY, and serves people in a 50-mile radius including Auburn, Cato, Port Byron, Ithaca, Lansing, Skaneateles, and Weedsport. Under-served communities that we serve include low-income families, people with disabilities, the Asian community, the african american community, the LGBTQ community, the Mennonite community, religious minorities, and rural communities.
History of Healing H’Arts (Kirsta Malone, OTR/L) When I started exploring the idea of combining my love of horses with my career as an occupational therapist back in the early 2000s, I could never have imagined what it would turn into. Early exploration revealed the extraordinary change I could make in a person’s physical and foundational skills using the horse’s three-dimensional movement through space. The possibilities of activating every center of the brain and the potential of creating new pathways to facilitate change were empowering. I excelled in learning and designing programs for all sorts of people with disabilities. All the while maintaining a safe, supportive, and all-inclusive environment. When it became clear that this work needed to continue all year round, I decided to become a non-profit organization (2015). I was on a mission to make this a service accessible to all in our rural communities without the need for insurance reimbursement. I sought out the help of 5 community members with specific talents to help me, my initial board members. Their first task as a team was to develop a name that fit our mission. The pick was Healing Arts Equestrian Center, Inc. Under my suggestion, it was changed, slightly, to Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center, Inc.