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Hooves for the Heart, LLC offers hippotherapy lessons and programs in Western Colorado.  In our program the use of equine therapy is designed to help heal children who suffer from emotional problems including Reactive Attachment Disorder and mental traumas by interacting with equines on the ground as well as utilizing their movement.  

Expect to see children learning valuable life lessons through experiential learning while working with the horses.  As prey animals, equines are wonderful teachers, and our horses have been specifically trained to work with high-risk children. This program has been developed over twenty years and has been used as part of the healing for over 2,000 children with emotional disturbance.  

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.

Terena, the founder of Hooves for the Heart, LLC has been a registered riding instructor with NARHA for over ten years and is a Certified Equine Interaction Professional.  She has won numerous awards in Western and English disciplines.  Horses have long been a passion of hers and knowing how much comfort they brought to her growing up, it was only natural for her to create a program of equine intervention for the emotionally disturbed children living in foster care with her family.  Her love of horses and children creates an atmosphere of respect and honor for all living creatures. 


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Location Bypsum, CO
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. attachment disorders
  4. Attention deficit disorder
  5. Autism
  6. Bipolar disorder
  7. Colorado
  8. Depression
  9. Horses
  10. Mammals
  11. open access
  12. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
  13. Therapeutic horsemanship
  1. open access