Health—General & Rehabilitative

Heartland Horses Equine Activities & Learning, Inc.

Turning "I wish" into "I can"

aka Heartland Horses & Handicapped, Inc.

Avon Park, FL

Mission

HHEAL is dedicated to providing free equine assisted therapeutic services to significantly improve the lives of children and adults with mental, physical or developmental challenges in Highlands, Hardee, Polk and DeSoto counties.

Ruling Year

2001

Board President

Mrs. Bonnie Williamson

Executive Director/Board Secretary

Mrs. Claire Langway

Main Address

PO BOX 6884

Avon Park, FL 33826 USA

Formerly Known As

Heartland Horses & Handicapped, Inc.

Keywords

Equine facilitated therapy

EIN

59-3734956

 Number

6166263086

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We provide equine facilitated activities and therapy to children and adults with disabilities. We are located in a rural area of Central Florida where services are very limited. All our services are provided free of charge to participants referred by a medical or mental health professional.

Our programs

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Equine facilitated therapeutic services

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our program addresses a wide range of issues including physical challenges, emotional issues and developmental disabilities. Our participants range in age from 4 to 90. The community we serve is extremely limited in the offerings to this population, and we provide our services free of charge. We strive to improve lives by empowering individuals to realize to the best of their ability that they are able to develop relationships, challenge their physical selves and gain a sense of confidence and self-worth through their interaction with horses.

We conduct sessions based on the individual's needs; whether it be adapted riding or working with our horses on the ground. Our barn and horses provide a safe, positive environment so that program participants are able to have experiences that transfer to other areas in their lives. Because of our unique team (i.e., horses), we are able to create scenarios that encourage participants to reach beyond what they (and others) may have thought were their limits.

We have a 7 acre property with 9 horses. Essentially we have a working mini-farm which provides opportunities for many activities, whether it be barn chores or developing a relationship with a horse based on trust.

All participants have goals determined when they initially come into the program and instructors document each session.

We have been able to expand our services to four days a week, and our goal is to go to five. All our instructors are certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH).

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Financials

Heartland Horses Equine Activities & Learning, Inc.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We are an inclusive organization and we do not discriminate in any fashion.