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Equine Therapy

Terena Thomas

Terena Thomas, a riding program developer and author, holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado. Research proving the effectiveness of her riding program was done through CU. She is a member of the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association and certified through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). Successfully using horse interventions to help heal emotionally disturbed children since 1988, her specialized skills in dealing with high risk and violent youth have enabled her to design this powerfully effective program. This dedicated young woman is a Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor with special emphasis on animals and children. Terena is the founder of Hooves for the Heart, LLC. an equestrian program for challenging children in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Winning numerous awards in Western and English equitation, She is also an accomplished rider in cross country jumping, dressage, horsemanship, reining and trail. Terena and her horse, Quest, were the 1991 Colorado State Champions in trail competition. Her love of horses and children creates an atmosphere of respect and honor for all living creatures.

Terena believes we can make a difference with these tough kids and created this dynamic program to make it happen. She has taught through-out the US and southern Australia, her vision to help the children is contagious! Catch it!

It’s Not Just Horsing Around with Defiant Kids! It’s a power-packed, proven program with: A manual of complete Therapeutic Riding lesson plans; Research proving its effectiveness with RAD; Teaching Tools; Three DVD’s with full visuals to guide you as you help children with: ADHD, RAD, ODD, Autism, Bipolar, Aspergers, & Depression; Everything you need to know for a successful riding program to help challenging children, just add a horse and your horse sense! Add to your cart.

H4H, LLC Hooves for the Heart

A therapeutic riding program to help heal emotional problems in children

Hooves for the Heart is a therapeutic horseback riding program in Colorado where minds are healed through the intervention of equine companions. This course has been developed over 12 years and has been used as part of the healing for over 1000 emotionally disturbed children.

Children suffering from any of the following problems have shown progress after completing the therapeutic riding:

  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Attachment Issues
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Self Esteem Problems
  • Conduct Disorders (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Every course is tailored to the individual needs of each child and will provide:

  • increased self esteem
  • enhanced body awareness
  • better balance
  • longer attention span
  • improved listening skills
  • fine tuned compliance
  • growth in self control
  • improved academic ability
  • enhanced sensory integration
  • joyful memories
  • fun Hooves for the Heart offers therapeutic riding lessons throughout the year.

These classes, usually given in Gypsum, are one-on-one. Optimum success is reached with parental support and encouragement.

$75 per lesson or 5 for $300.

Workstudy programs are available or Terena will do program development at your stable. Call for pricing.

Presentations: Terena’s enthusiastic talks and demonstrations are a great way to introduce her unique therapeutic riding program to your area. You can make a difference in the lives of children through the use of her techniques. Two-day workshops and one-day seminars are available at your location. The two-day workshop is a great hands-on approach, while the one-day seminar is designed for a classroom setting. Workshop $500.00* Seminar $300.00* Program development is available for your stable. If you already have a program in place or would like to begin one, Terena can show you how to add her powerful interventions to your current curriculum to help you reach difficult children more successfully. Program Development $300.00 /day* or $1250.00 /5 days* * Plus travel and expenses.

To make a difference in the life of a child call Hooves for the Heart at (970) 524-8724 or e-mail us. Visit our website at!