The HEART Center

Equine Therapy and Vocational High School for students with special needs.

Our Mission: To make school and therapy more relevant and more fun for students with developmental disabilities.

Operating as usual

Photos from The HEART Center's post 02/28/2024

Workin’ Hard Wednesday!!! Thanks Treasure House volunteers for helping us prepare our space for our vendor fair with this weekend!!

Photos from The HEART Center's post 02/22/2024

Did you know that as part of our vocational program we work hard to expose our students to a variety of different jobs in the community. Tuesday was a special day getting to visit Spencer’s Place for our vocational and life skills field trip! Spencer’s Place in Surprise is a coffee shop that employs individuals with disabilities! Our students not only practiced ordering and paying for their own drinks, they also got to learn about Spencer’s Place and what it means to work there. Inclusivity is important and seeing first hand, neurodiversity in the workplace was so great for our students! We learned about their internship program, accommodations, and how awesome it is to work there! Thank you Spencer’s Place!!

If you want to learn more about our vocational program, please feel free to reach out or stop by for a visit on March 2 at our resource fair!


Teen Night next Friday!! RSVP this week to save your spot 🙂


Last Chance to get in on tonights fun!! Holiday Crafts and Movie Night with friends =) Text or message us if you're interested in registering!

Photos from MORIAH's post 12/07/2023

We had the BEST day playing with all of the students that came out with the MORIAH group last Saturday. Nothing makes us happier than seeing our center filled with smiley faces!

HUGE thank you to the Kraussel Family for their generous donation and making this group free of charge for all of the participants 🤗


It's Giving Tuesday! Did you know each of our horses is a retired athlete? Our senior horses go above and beyond to help serve our students- and many of them need our support to help with age and sports related injuries.

We have a goal of raising one month of horse care to support our herd! You can learn more about how we care for our herd and provide support at:

CAMPS — The H.E.A.R.T. Center 11/25/2023

Winter Break Camps are officially open for registration 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Our winter break all ages half day camp is $50 off registration if you register by December 1!

CAMPS — The H.E.A.R.T. Center We offer a variety of inclusive camp opportunities over school breaks. Our camp experiences will be the most fun your child will have while developing skills that they will forever need! Join up with our herd to spend the week making friends and building horse knowledge- all while focusing on life.....

Building a life and legacy after returning to civilian life 11/12/2023

Sending a heartfelt embrace and immense gratitude to our wonderful veterans this Veterans Day!

Amanda Tallman leads First Page AZ, and while many of you witness her dedicated work with our students, her unwavering commitment to establishing a secure haven for veterans to contribute to their community is truly remarkable. She has a heart of gold and we are so grateful she has chosen to partner with us to bring her First Page Volunteer matching initiatives to The HEART Center 🤍

Building a life and legacy after returning to civilian life After finding her purpose in the U.S. Army, Amanda Tallman will serve as one of eight Grand Marshals at the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2023.


We are so excited to be hosting MORIAHs Social Group in December. It will be a fun event out with the horses! If you are interesting in getting involved as a volunteer for this group we still have a few more spots to fill!

Join 𝗠𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗛 for a 𝘿𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙢𝙗𝙚𝙧 𝙨𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙥 𝙃.𝙀.𝘼.𝙍.𝙏. 𝘾𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙃𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙚 𝙋𝙡𝙖𝙮 on Saturday, December 2nd from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at The HEART Center.

MORIAH is thrilled to be partnering with the H.E.A.R.T. Center to offer an 𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 This free social group will be an unmounted experience with horses focusing on 𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙮 & 𝙨𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙮 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙝𝙤𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙨. We will rotate through various unmounted horse activities including: 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 & 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 at a western-themed Hoe-Down, and 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗲 to remind us of our favorite horse and bring us 𝘨𝑜𝘰𝑑 𝑙𝘶𝑐𝘬 𝘧𝑜𝘳 𝘵ℎ𝘦 𝘯𝑒𝘸 𝘺𝑒𝘢𝑟! (Please note: we will not be horseback riding at this event and all activities will be "unmounted")

𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏.𝘌.𝘈.𝘙.𝘛. 𝘊𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘚𝘖 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘮𝘢𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺!

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Taking care of horses is a 7 day a week job and we truly couldn't do it with out the help of our volunteers. Chris and Christina have selflessly been coming out almost every Sunday night to take care of our herd and we can't thank them enough.

They say "We were drawn to The HEART Center be use we love what they stand for and enjoy giving back to the community. Being out in the stables is very intentional for us and we enjoy connecting with the horses. We are incredibly grateful to be able to help out, even if it's in a small way."

We love you Chris and Christina, your "small way" is a huge way for us. Thank you for helping to give Matt and Carrie the peace of mind of not having to worry about the well-being of the herd on Sunday nights!

The HEART Center is always in need of horse care volunteers *especially on the weekends* to help with things like stall cleaning, feeding and dragging arenas. If you want to get involved or know someone who would, send us a message or email us at [email protected]!

Photos from The HEART Center's post 10/19/2023

Have you met our equine partner Petey? He's our 17 year old paint pony donated to us by the amazing Bennett. He is the sweetest, most intuitive and incredibly sensitive guy. He is an impeccable judge of character and is always down to play. Petey was retired into a career as a therapy horse because a strained suspensory pushed him out of the jumper ring- and selfishly we think he is right where he was always meant to be.

Fun fact about Petey: His play is larger than life and when he really gets going he hops around like a deer, which is why his old barn family used to call him Pogo =) You can often find him out playing with his bestie, Denver.


There’s been some speculation lately about why therapeutic riding is an approved service for students with special needs and we could list a million reasons why WE love to put kids on horses but really our top 3 are:
- Improved Motor Skills: The act of learning to ride a horse not only mimics the human walking motion increasing physical development but it also gives a very enriching opportunity for instructors to help coach direct motor skills. The simple act of learning to purposefully turn your head, engage a rein, push with a leg are all motor skills that involve planning and clear ex*****on- therefore building neural pathways for functional motor (and executive functioning 😉)

- Increased Emotional Well Being: The bond between the rider and the horse is incredibly therapeutic. Spending time with a horse can help regulate your nervous system, improve your mood and boost self esteem. The sense of accomplishment from learning to ride is especially empowering for our students!

- Enhanced Social Skills: Students learn to communicate with their horse, with each other anddd with themselves. Our favorite- incorporating The Social Thinking Methodology into all of our lessons. This gives our students a very tangible and preferred environment to practice these abstract and complex concepts.

Drop your favorite benefits below!


Summer PLAY DAY for our Vocational Program Students. We had the best time and are thinking we might just need to do another family day before the Fall weather hits 🤔


THANK YOU Walmart Neighborhood Grants for your support and generosity towards our program! Our *EXTRA* Summer Fun Activities and Outings are made possible because of grantors like Walmart

Photos from The HEART Center's post 06/10/2023

Mojo needs our help 💔 He started colicking this morning and even though we caught it early, he’s found himself spending the night at Chaparral Veterinary for extra support and care. We have had a lot of emergency bills that we are still trying to get through from this spring and we really need your help to send him love,prayers and any financial support available to cover his medical fees.
Mojo is our rock and he does so much for us, the least we can do is make sure he has the best care possible when he’s not feeling well. At this time we have an estimate of $2500 for the hospital stay and that’s not including this mornings emergency vet visit. If you can share this post with a little love about what Mojo has meant to you, every dollar truly helps.
I’ll keep you updated on how he’s doing but he’s in good hands and we are praying he’ll be able to come home sometime tomorrow 🤍


Yard Sale begins today and runs through Saturday!! All funds raised go towards supporting our rising horse care fees!

Photos from The HEART Center's post 05/02/2023

It's heating up! I get giddy because heat means summer which means CAMP anddddd nothing is better than summer camp =)

Check out our two summer offerings, we have a couple slots available in our June camps and one spot left in our 6 week vocational program!


This is the last week to get your HEART Center designs through Paper Clouds Apparel! We will be showcasing our artists all week and we can't wait to see our community rocking their designs! Thank you for supporting all their hard work!

Paper Clouds Apparel 02/01/2023

Who's ready to shop?!? We have 4 amazing students featuring their artwork in a t-shirt campaign with Paper Clouds Apparel!! We are dying over how amazing their artwork looks on these shirts and can't wait to get ours delivered!! 50% of the proceeds get donated back to The H.E.A.R.T Center and will be going towards our Horse Health Fund! Tag us and share what you order!! 😍

Paper Clouds Apparel Showcasing the creative minds and artistic abilities of individuals with special needs while raising funds to support special needs organizations. 50% of the proceeds from every item sold are donated to special needs causes. Amount raised this year: $194


Winter Camp registration is officially open!!! Looking for Holiday Gifts? Horse Camp and Riding Gear make awesome options!!

Horse CAMP- Dec 20-23, 9a-12:30p
Price- $275

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We’ve been dying to share a HUGE secret with you….The HEART Center has officially been named the new operator for Camp C...
👻 Trick or Treat…horse hay addition!🐴It’s that time of the month- we need to buy hay! Our amazing herd of 9 therapy hors...
Never under estimate the power of an animal friend. One of our students hit her all time best during PE today 🙌🏻🎉🙌🏻. She...
Fitness for Life! Training for our 5k race in December!! Our team is on a mission to help our students learn that moving...
It’s more than just a ride… There’s been some speculation lately about why therapeutic riding is an approved service for...
It’s more than just a ride…
Happy Birthday to the magical woman that keeps our ship sailing, our wagons hitched and our ducks (mostly) in a row. To ...
Summer PLAY DAY for our Vocational Program Students. We had the best time and are thinking we might just need to do anot...
Thank You Walmart!
SUMMER CAMP week 1 was a blast! So fun to meet so many new smiling faces! Can’t wait to do it all again in ✌🏻 weeks!!



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