About us

 

Hearts & Horses Farm LLC was founded by Stephanie Keene who believed that riding and caring for horses could profoundly affect the lives of people, with and without disabilities, and enable them to live a more fulfilling, complete life despite many challenges.

 

Please read more below about our Therapeutic Riding certifications and

numerous equestrian discipline certifications.  

 

See a list of Heart & Horses Instructors, including

Owner of Hearts & Horses, Stephanie Keene

 

Who Will Benefit

 

Hearts & Horse Farm was founded on the belief that experiencing and riding horses significantly

improves the lives of individuals with physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities. 

 

  • For our physically challenged riders, therapeutic riding improves balance,
    muscle tone
    ,range of motion, and strength.
     

  • Our riders who are working through emotional difficulties quickly learn to
    understand their horses, a first step in understanding themselves.

     

  • Our riders with learning disabilities and cognitive challenges benefit from the
    sensory integration provided through the horse.

 

All of our riders develop an increase in concentration, self-perception and a sense of empowerment.

Many of our instructors are certified in:

 

CHA Certified 

 

"CHA changes lives through safe experiences with horses." The mission of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the entire horse industry. This is accomplished by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, producing educational conferences and publishing educational resources such as horsemanship manuals, DVDs, safety video shorts, webinars, a monthly radio show, weekly blog, posters and much more.  Certified Horsemanship Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit association. 

 

"PATH"

 

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) promotes equine facilitated therapy and activity programs in the United States and Canada. Currently, more than 650 PATH program centers serve some 30,000 individuals with disabilities. Each year, dozens of new centers initiate new programs and thousands of individuals profit from these beneficial activities.

 

Since 1969, PATH has ensured that therapeutic riding is both safe for, and accessible to, those in need. In that time the field of therapeutic riding has expanded along with the numbers of individuals profiting from involvement with horses. Today PATH represents a growing number of equine-assisted therapies and activities, including recreational riding for individuals with disabilities, hippotherapy, equine assisted psychotherapy, driving, vaulting, competition and other therapeutic and educational interactions with horses.

 

Click here for PATH's complete mission statement and more information.

Eagala

 

The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association is a non-profit organization developed to address the need for resources, education, and professionalism in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

 

Click here for more information on Eagala.

 

The Masgutova Method

 
The primary focus of MNRI Method is to support the integration process of primary motor reflex patterns regardless of a person’s condition or age. While MNRI focuses on primary motor reflex pattern, these techniques alone have the power to improve general function, when combined with the additional MNRI programs the founder, Dr. Masgutovam has created, the potential for improvement becomes even greater.

 

Check out the Masgotova Method's website -- This information is provided with the hope that you (along with your family or clients) will gain a sense of the breadth and depth of the MNRI Method and the impact neurosensorimotor integration can have on improving the lives of anyone facing a challenge.

 

BAL-A-VIS-X

 

Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of Balance/Auditory/Vision varying complexity, all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. In distilled essence, BAVX enables the whole mind-body system to experience the natural symmetrical flow of a pendulum. Bal-A-Vis-X (BAVX) requires focused attention, demands cooperation, promotes self-challenge, and fosters peer teaching. It is school friendly and just plain fun. exXercises, of

 

Bal-A-Vis-X Level 1, II & Adaptive Course at Hearts & Horses
 

Bal-A-Vis-X Brochure and Sign Up Web Site

 

The Brain Gym International

 

Brain Gym® International is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning. Through our outstanding instructors and movement-based programs, we empower all ages to reclaim the joy of living.

 

  • inspire an appreciation of music, physical education, and the fine arts

  • promote play and the joy of learning

  • draw out and honor innate intelligence

  • build awareness regarding the value of movement in daily life

  • emphasize the ability to notice and respond to movement-based needs

  • encourage self-responsibility

  • leave each participant appreciated and valued

  • empower each participant to better take charge of his own learning

  • encourage creativity and self-expression

  • inspire an appreciation of music, physical education, and the fine arts 

 

 

Click here to view the Brain Gym International Website.

 

The Alexander Technique 

 

The Alexander Technique is a proven, safe, self-care method to stop pain, stress and muscular tension caused by everyday misuse of the body. An alternative to traditional methods of postural training, the Technique provides the necessary resources for facilitating change. Benefits of the Technique include; standing upright without strain, alleviation of pain caused by postural stress, and moving with a fluidity and ease many have not experienced since childhood. 

 

Click here to view the Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique.

 

 

Hearts & Horses Farm, LLC​​

63 Justin Merrill Road

Buxton, Maine 04093

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