One of Lynn's favorite photos of Rocco, the horse she sponsors at Hearts!


Lynn and her daughter were dedicated volunteers at Hearts. They felt it was important to maintain a connection to the organization following their departure as volunteers and wanted to find a way to stay involved. That's when they found Rocco online when he was in need of a sponsor. They quickly found a bond with him.

Lynn shares "By sponsoring a horse at Hearts, I get to have a special connection with one particular horse. While I don't own him, Rocco is extra special to me."

Each week Lynn visits Rocco at Hearts and loves to see his quirky personality in action! When she saw him with a rider on his back, she was moved by how calm and gentle he was. Rocco is a dependable, steady, and trustworthy horse who works well with all types of riders. "We are happy to know that we support such a crucial member of the herd at Hearts", Lynn says.


Hearts relies on our herd of specially trained horses to be able to provide valuable services to our community. Having happy and healthy horses is essential to providing safe and effective programs to our participants. All of our horses are sponsored by donors. These gifts not only support the individual therapy horse, they enable our clients to benefit from our therapeutic services and experience the joy of our Hearts community!

Because the care of our horses is covered by donations, Hearts is able to keep costs low for participants. Sponsoring a horse allows more participants to have access to the life-changing benefits of our programs.

For more information about horse sponsorships,
please contact Morgan at
For registration please visit City of Santa Barbara, Parks & Rec Department

Six one-week sessions are offered June - August.
9am-1pm at Hearts Therapeutic.
Nourish Your Soul Equine Empowerment Workshop for Women Inspires and Delights

Hearts hosted its 5th Nourish Your Soul workshop for women on March 6th led by Diana Ferrari, MFT, MHP and Melissa Costello, Certified Life + Equine Facilitated Coach. 

This workshop brings women together to have a unique and experiential connection with horses on the ground, without tack or equipment.

Melissa and Diana offer various experiences for the participants during the the workshop to interact and partner with the horses, both in a group and one-on-one setting, which often leads to a profound and organic connection between horses and humans.

One participant, J who was afraid of horses due to a past trauma, had a beautiful connection with our horse Sancho and said she never felt so safe with a horse before. (See J below hugging Sancho) 

Angela, who prided herself on being a good communicator, walked away with the insight that she needed further support in this area and felt inspired to learn more about herself. Crescent claimed the workshop was infused with love, magic and transformation. 

Women come to this workshop seeking healing, connection and time away from the demands of modern life. They leave feeling inspired, renewed and refreshed. 

Diana and Melissa will be hosting another Nourish Your Soul workshop for Mothers and Daughters on Sunday, May 15th.

You can find more information here and save your spot.
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