Happy Halloween                                 October 2015
Fall is really here! In spite of a few pretty hot temps, we're finally getting into wonderful riding weather. Hopefully you've already gotten your tickets for the Moonlight Barn Dance on November 6; it's going to be a wonderful evening and a great time to see all the work that's been done at the barn this summer.
Thank you Wells Fargo!!

On September 18 a group of volunteers from the Wells Fargo Central Florida Volunteer Chapter came out and did a fantastic job pitching in and helping with barn chores. Not only were there individuals from Avon Park, Sebring and Lake Wales, but several people came from as far away as Orlando, Tampa, Auburndale and Kissimmee! Their willingness to tackle any and all jobs was fantastic and we absolutely appreciate the time and elbow grease spent! As you can see from the pictures below, it's not always glamorous, but very necessary. This is when the line comes in ".....there must be a pony here somewhere!"

Cleaning tack
Leveling stall floors
Ben and Buddy expressing their appreciation
Scoopin' poop

Weed eating


Thank you Ashley Burns, Katherine Fernandez, Andy Rodriguez, Jean Wong, Anson Jones, Scott Thompson, Christine Semaan, Janalee Mobley, Michael Andrews, Andrea Souto, Donna Lyons, Jaimar Lazo, and Kathi Lewis you have made a difference at HHH and we appreciate you! 


Our first ever fund raiser at the barn; why didn't we think of this before? Music will be provided by Billy Glades, and Maureen Hecox will be giving line dancing instruction - you don't even need to worry about bringing a dance partner! Wear your boots and jeans and get ready to dance the night away under the stars. We're serving a prime rib dinner (carved tableside) with all the fixins' plus homemade bannana pudding to keep your strength up. Beer and wine will be available for $10 in a refillable souvenir mug. You can get tickets by going to our website www.heartlandhorses.org and clicking on the event tab or call the office at (863) 452-0006. Better yet, come by and visit and see all the preparations going on! This is a special evening you won't want to miss.

Rider Spotlight

Olivia ready to roll.

Olivia Reinhart started riding with us this summer. Her grandparents, Sandra and Larry Harbison, noticed an article in the paper about HHH and thought it might be an activity that Olivia would enjoy. Sandra and Larry have also become invaluable volunteers, especially this summer with Larry taking out the dead trees in the pasture. Sandra is taking on numerous projects in preparation for our Moonlight Barn Dance.

David, Billy and Olivia.

Olivia's main goal has been to learn to ride independently and she is well on her way. She has been riding both Western and English and feels very comfortable in either.

David Space (pictured with Olivia and Billy) started riding here 3 years ago and has recently graduated to volunteering. We love it when our riders graduate and become valuable volunteers - we always need them!
Sessions Back in Full Swing

Now that Fall sessions have started back, we are on our new schedule of therapy sessions Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9-12. Highlands County Schools will be here on Tuesday, October 29. Please consider coming out to volunteer; we can use every hand available. Many of our riders require assistance from multiple people to get mounted, but after that they are able to ride independently; others still need two sidewalkers and a leader for the entire session. We depend on volunteers to be able to offer all our riders a safe and fun environment. So if you haven't been out for awhile, come on down and get involved!

New rider Norman DelPiano on Lucky with volunteers Brad Reutz and Craig Boykin
Rocky is always available for hugs

Volunteers hangin' out


Bits and Pieces

Update on Ben

Thank you everyone for your concern for Ben; he seems to be on the mend, but we are still being very careful with him and he hasn't resumed work just yet.

When one of our horses needs extra care, this is the kind of thing that feeders can be trained to do. If you have an interest in learning more about horse care and being one of the "go to" people that we can depend on for extra special horse care duties, please call Marcia and let her know.

Buddy System for Volunteer Training

Feeding and taking care of the barn is a crucial role that HHH volunteers perform. If you have an interest in learning about this, we have several experienced volunteers who are willing to work directly with you. Lots of people find that being at the barn in this caretaking role is actually very therapeutic! Let Marcia know if you are interested; call (863) 452-0006.

We are anxiously awaiting the return of our faithful Snowbird volunteers, but we always need help. If you know of anyone who may have an interest in getting involved, whether at the barn or helping us get sponsorships, please let us know!

If you have any suggestions or comments for this newsletter, please email us at heartlandhorsesflorida@gmail.com or give us a call - we'd love to hear from you!

See you at the barn soon.
Heartland Horses & Handicapped, Inc. | 863 452-0006 | heartlandhorsesflorida@gmail.com |