Community rallies to help therapeutic horses weather the storm!

The recent storms in Santa Barbara County had some long-lasting devastating effects for many. At Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center, the bedding of our horse stalls proved to be inadequate to handle heavy rain. This made it difficult for the 16 horses (and many volunteers who help maintain the grounds) to function properly. We rely on our specially trained horses to run our programs and need their living conditions to be in top condition. 

We put out a call to action to our community and within a matter of days, raised the much needed funds to replace all of the bedding with a new and upgraded material that will withstand weather conditions throughout the year. Our incredible supporters and volunteers rallied together to make this project possible through generous donations and time spent shoveling old wet sand to prepare the stalls for the new pine pellet shavings. We are incredibly grateful for everyone who contributed to this project – we could not have done this without them!

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center employs equine-assisted services to inspire, strengthen, and motivate people of all ages and capabilities. To learn more, visit or contact DeeDee Conrad at

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