Hands and Hearts for Horses

Where Therapeutic Horsemanship Changes Lives

aka Hands and Hearts for Horses   |   THOMASVILLE, GA   |  https://handsandheartsforhorses.com

Mission

Hands and Hearts for Horses is a PATH (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship) Premier Accredited therapeutic riding center in Thomasville, GA and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are one of only two PATH Premier Accredited Centers south of Macon, GA. Our mission is to celebrate the unique gifts and challenges of each individual, encouraging growth through the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship and human relationships. We offer therapeutic riding services to people over the age of four with a variety of physical, emotional, behavioral and cognitive special needs.

Ruling year info

2001

President

Mr. Joseph McAuley

Executive Director

Ms. Susie Shin

Main address

3824 Lower Cairo Road

THOMASVILLE, GA 31792 USA

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EIN

58-2580985

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Lessons

Therapeutic Riding is a form of recreational therapy performed by a PATH, International certified riding instructor. Mimicking the movement of the human pelvis, the movement of the horse allows riders to gain muscle strength and tone, increased range of motion and flexibility, increased trunk control, and improved sensory integration. Both rider and horse work as a team to achieve goals and objectives set forth by the instructor. Some of these goals include learning to steer the horse, trotting, posting, and two-point over poles. Remedial math, hand-eye coordination, interaction with others, and increased self-confidence and self-discipline are also achieved through the riding lessons.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International 2018

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve all people over the age of 4 who have a documented medical disability. Due to the nature of the population we serve, we have extensive contact with family members, caregivers, teachers and therapists. We send out annual questionnaires to help improve our programs and focus our strategic plan.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently changed our communication methods to primarily text message reminders due to feedback from family members and volunteers.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Obtaining feedback from our clients and their families has allowed us to understand the impact that we make and how to better serve those clients.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Hands and Hearts for Horses

Board of directors
as of 03/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Joseph McAuley

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Dean Jerger

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2021

Martha Hanna

Karen Leabo

Nancy Del Prete

Ken Leeman

Delana McFarlin

Keith Bettcher

Mark Baldino

Joseph McAuley

Richard Law

Lauchlin Waldoch

V. Todd Cooley

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/21/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/21/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.