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!
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 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!
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.
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:
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.
Week 3 was definitely my most challenging week so far, mentally and physically.
The past couple weeks I’ve had to sidewalk and of course help around the facility. For most of our riders, sidewalking is fairly easy and does not require a lot of strength because they can hold themselves up and balance fairly well. We had a rider in week 3 who initially did not want to ride and needed complete support while riding. While talking to Cyndy, she told me something. There’s a difference between pushing a kid too far, and knowing just how far to push them. Sometimes people need a little extra push to get better or be put outside of their comfort zone (this includes everyone). It might not make the situation easier, but I realized that knowing who you are working with is an important part of this job.
In week 4, that same rider came back. It was much easier that week than the previous week. He still did not want to get on, but he did not resist as much either. I saw an incredible improvement in the flexibility of his leg muscles. He was more relaxed and less tight, and he was able to sit up and he held his own body weight the majority of the ride.
These past couple weeks have been so exciting for me because I can actually see improvements so quickly. It makes me realize how rewarding volunteering at Healing H’Arts really is.