My name is Natalie, I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant student from Cayuga Community College. I had the privilege of completing my level II fieldwork at Healing H’arts Equestrian Center. I came here not really knowing what to expect as I’ve never been around horses and didn’t know much about hippotherapy. My time here has gone beyond my expectations and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to be a part of Healing H’arts for the past 8 weeks!
When reflecting on my time here, I realized how much knowledge I had learned in such a short period. An OT student and I had an opportunity to share our experience at Healing H’arts with a group of other OT students. As we were talking, we both looked at each other blown away by all the knowledge we had gained from being here. For a moment, I felt like I really knew what I was doing!
I’ve learned so much from Kirsta, the horses, and volunteers and I will be taking all this knowledge with me to put into practice as an OTA. I want to thank Kirsta for her knowledge, guidance, and experience she has contributed to me during my time here. She has such a love and passion for the work she does, and she deserves to be recognized. I am amazed by her long hours of work and dedication that she gives every single day to Healing H’arts. Healing H’arts would not be what it is now without her.
I was blown away by the number of volunteers that are so happy and dedicated to come help each week. Every single person that volunteers is vital to keeping this place running smoothly and creating such a happy environment for every person that comes through its doors. To every horse handler, side walker, individual that cleans and cares for the horses, and so on, your work is valued and appreciated!
It was a breath of fresh air to step away from a typical work environment and enter the barn every day. I will truly miss my time here, but I am so grateful for everything I will be taking with me. To Kirsta, the volunteers, clients, their families, and every four-legged animal that runs around this place, thank you for making this such an enjoyable fieldwork experience!
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.
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: