A Closer Look at Hoofbeats & Heartbeats Association Inc.
Hoofbeats & Heartbeats Association (HBHB) was incorporated in 2001. It is a registered not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic and educational opportunities for children and adults with special needs and limited financial resources, and to educating the public about the benefits of therapy in the natural environment. HBHB provides scholarships for equine assisted therapy and sponsors programs such as therapy for severely challenged youth, social skills and mental health group therapy, youth grief therapy, and programs for siblings of special needs children. To better understand HBHB it may be helpful to know more about equine assisted therapy.
The media has made the general public more aware of the therapeutic benefits of contact with animals, particularly dogs and cats. However, until recently, minimal coverage has been given to the benefits that come from working with horses. Greek and Roman cavalry soldiers recognized these benefits as early as 400 BC. Modern popularity for therapeutic riding started to grow after Liz Hartel of Denmark, despite being handicapped by polio, won the silver medal for Grand Prix Dressage at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.