Since moving to Ramona in 2009, we have met a lot of great people. One of those people is Melissa Morgan-Sargent, founder of Hearts and Hooves Therapy. Hearts and Hooves is a non-profit organization geared towards enhancing the lives of children and adults with a different kind of therapy by using mini horses and other animals.
I first heard about the organization when Melissa posted about Pony Playtime. I thought it was a great idea! She charges $20 for half an hour of time with one of her two ponies, Chips or Tori. The fee helps to cover the expense of offsite visits to hospitals to visit children and adults. I jumped right on the opportunity and she was able to fit me in on a Saturday.
I thought it was great because she advertised that she would teach two year old children how to groom and be around a horse. Well, since they are ponies, they are less intimidating and easier to handle, so it put my mind at ease. My daughter had a ton of fun! Not only did she spend time with Tori, but Melissa also let her play in her yard. My daughter loved running up and down the hills in the back and meeting her chickens. Melissa mentioned that they would be getting a pig for 4h soon, so on our next visit we hope to meet their new friend too. We had a blast, and it felt good to help a good cause. Hearts and Hooves is featured in this month’s Ramona Journal.
You can read more here:http://ramonajournal.com/hearts-and-hooves-therapy-is-helping-others-p6642-94.htm
You can also find them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/heartsandhoovestherapy
Here are some pictures from our trip. I didn’t bring my good camera, so please excuse the iphone photos.