Little Hooves and Big Hearts

ORACLE, AZ   |  https://littlehooves.org/

Mission

Our principal mission is to help children and teens with disabilities improve their physical and emotional well-being through interaction with "special" miniature horses. LHBH's expert equine-assisted facilitators are committed to working with children who present with one or more life-altering medical or developmental conditions, including cerebral palsy, selective mutism, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, visual impairment, hearing impairment, Triple X syndrome and emotional traumatization. Little Hooves also provides equine-assisted therapeutic programs to seniors and "at risk" teens.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Tammy Mockbee

Main address

PO BOX 1712

ORACLE, AZ 85623 USA

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EIN

20-8107780

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Other Services (D60)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Equine-Assisted Therapeutic Programs for Children

Little Hooves provides equine-assisted therapeutic programs that are both effective and enjoyable. Children with special needs require individualized therapies that allow them to obtain the physical, emotional and behavioral skills necessary to be successful in school and life. The demonstrated outcomes of Little Hooves’ programs include increased muscle strength, joint mobility, balance and coordination; enhanced observational, communication, reading and listening abilities; expanded multitasking skills; improved self-confidence and trust; and strengthened connections to the physical world and to other people. At each step of the therapeutic process, Little Hooves goes to great lengths to ensure the physical safety and emotional security of each participant. Little Hooves never charges for its services.

In service of its core mission, Little Hooves provides private sessions to children who present with one or more life-altering medical or developmental conditions, including cerebral palsy, selective mutism, Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, visual impairment, hearing impairment, Triple X syndrome and emotional traumatization.

The therapeutic process typically begins with a client assessment conducted by an equine-assisted facilitator, who structures an initial program of activities tailored to the child’s needs and abilities.
Depending on the individual’s progress, the activity program may be modified along the way. During each session, at least two certified equine-assisted facilitators lead the child through a variety of activities that may include grooming, touching, walking, running or driving the minis, with each activity having a clearly defined therapeutic purpose.

Little Hooves also hosts on-site therapeutic programs for groups, including special education classes from Tucson-area schools. Due to budgetary constraints, many public schools are unable to offer away-from-school activities that are both enjoyable and therapeutic. Little Hooves fills this gap in the educational system by providing its sessions free of charge to participating schools. While in session, the students participate in a variety of equine-centric activities. When Little Hooves hosts visits by special-education classes, our facilitators add group-oriented activities designed to foster important life skills, such as team-building and collective problem-solving.

Little Hooves also takes its minis off-site to visit the Children's Clinics in Tucson. The Clinics care for children with complex medical needs, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cardiac conditions, cleft lip and palate, sickle cell and metabolic disorders.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

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Little Hooves and Big Hearts

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
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Board co-chair

Patty Green

Little Hooves and Big Hearts

Term: 2006 -


Board co-chair

Frederick Green

Little Hooves and Big Hearts

Term: 2006 -

Susan Robisch

Dr. Jen Baltrus

Freedom Run Equine

Cathie Cuda

Marie Vinyard

Speech Therapist, Copper Creek Elementary