By: Jenna Shortsleeve

My experience at Healing H’Arts has transformed my life in unimaginable ways.  I knew luck was with me when I was assigned this unique internship opportunity.   I hit the proverbial jackpot of educational and professional development.  The training, knowledge, and skills acquired during my time here have far exceeded my expectations.  Personally, I have felt overjoyed with extraordinary happiness and love since being here.  Perpetuating  powerful energy and positive vibes, the impact of Healing H’Arts is seen and felt by everyone who enters the barn. 

Surrounded by amazing people, majestic horses, and enthusiastic riders, there is never a bad day…or a dull moment.  The expression “it takes a village” comes to mind  thinking about the devoted volunteers who play their parts in nurturing this special place.  The “Barn Family” epitomize the loyalty, compassion, and diligence essential for any family unit.  The labors of love are clear to see and feel throughout the entire Healing H’Arts organization.  And I want to thank everyone who has welcomed me with open arms into the “Family.”

Vital to its success are the horses, providing the heartbeat that runs the of program.  These animals are truly magnificent and beautiful.  Instantly I felt drawn to them, marveled at their huge personalities and gracious movements. Horses possess a raw, intuitive nature that allows them to mirror our own feelings.  There is no dishonesty and no judgement, just a mutual trust and respect.  An unparalleled sense of peace and happiness has come over me, and I feel calmer, bolder, and more confident than ever before.

Lastly, I want to address Kirsta herself, the visionary and creator of Healing H’Arts.  Her motivation and dedication to her profession and her “Barn Family” is unmatched.  Kirsta’s motor never stops as she spins all her plates.  In addition to her mentorship, she has inspired me to follow my dreams, stay true to myself, and to walk through life with gratitude.  Kirsta is a beacon of light and happiness, reminding everyone to be mindful and appreciate the world as it is right now.  For me, Healing H’Arts has completely honored its name…my heart is healed, and my spirit is liberated. 

Fundraiser 2020

Sap Run Reimagined Virtual 5k
To benefit
Starting Friday, Oct. 9th– Friday, Oct. 16th,2020
Email: (Amanda) For details and sponsor forms
Prizes available on Saturday, Oct. 17th

Drive-Thru Chili Dinner

Saturday, October 17th, 2020

Catered by: Dugan’s Country Grill

Pre-order Family meal by Wednesday, Oct. 14 @ or (315)730-4339

Dinner Includes: Chili, cornbread, salad and cookies (feeds 4-6)

Cost: $40 per family meal

Individual meals available on the day of the event for $12 each until gone.

Drive thru pick up at Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center, Inc. starting at 4:00 PM

1354 Kings Corners Rd. Union Springs, NY 13160

Raffles, Raffles, Raffles

Will be posted on Facebook and Instagram ahead of time and tickets will be available at the Drive-thru Chili Dinner

See you on the flip side

We have all had to make tough decisions. In order to honor the health and wellness of our community, Healing H’arts Equestrian Center, Inc is temporarily closing until we can safely resume as directed by the experts in the field.  Please be assured, during this time, Kirsta promises to take excellent care of your horses while you are away.  You are all valued and loved immensely by the Healing H’Arts team.  Stay well and see you on the flip side!

“Hunker Down!”

Our 4th annual Sap Run scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, has also been cancelled. We hope to come up with another fundraiser soon. Thank you for your continued support!

Volunteers Wanted

Volunteers come in all varieties.  Today I had three students from Jordan Elbridge Middle school who helped me muck out stalls, brush horses, carry water and feed horses. They also got to observe a hippotherapy session.  A big shout out to Katie, Emma and Ashley (we missed you Kiera)!  If you would like to volunteer, we have a volunteer training on May 1st from 6:00-7:30 pm at Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center, Inc.  There are so many opportunities to help out!

SAP RUN 2019

The third annual Sap Run 5k run/walk + pancakes will be held on Saturday, May 4th this year.  Event starts at 10 am with sign-ups no earlier than 9:30 am.  Special  appearance from Perform4Purpose from 11-1!  Healing H’arts would like to recognize our dairy community by promoting milk.  Pre-registration is encouraged!  All pre-registered participants will receive a T-shirt.  If you are pre-registering for the event, could you please circle at the top either run OR walk.  This will help us organize our participants on the big day.  Runners receive trophies for first, second and third place.


Barn Blessing and BBQ

Three years ago, a group of board of directors sat around a table at the sugar house and dreamed about a facility that would bring “a little more love” to the community.  As dreams were put to paper and plans were made for action, a date was made.  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018…. A barn blessing and BBQ to celebrate our hard work and solidify our commitment to the community.

I am pleased to announce…WE DID IT!!!! Not only did we do it, but we beat our goal of a new facility by a year.  SO…. it is time to celebrate!  Please join us at the new barn on Saturday, October 6 at 1354 Kings Corners the site of Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center, Inc.  The barn will be open to the public for free from 10:00 am to 1:00.  A brief service of blessing will be performed at 1:00 and dinner, by ticket only, will be served from 2:00-5:00 pm. Entertainment will be provided by Perform 4 a Purpose.  There are lots of raffles.  One of which is this beautiful tack box:

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Upcoming Fundraising Efforts

Starlight Salon presents the 5th annual Autism Awareness Fundraiser.  Join us on Saturday, September 22 at Frontenac Park in Union Springs for music, activities, pony rides and, of course, a wide variety of raffles.  Follow us on Facebook for pictures of raffle items.  Proceeds from this fundraiser are being forwarded to Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center, Inc for the dust-free footing.

Healing H’Arts has served many people on the Autism Spectrum using horses as a tool to build communication, social skills, and self-organization.  Riding provides the body with multiple sensory experiences.  The rhythmic movements from the horse helps to organize the brain and prepare for transition and change.  Horses put the pieces of the puzzle together.