Healing Hooves Benefits Grieving Children and Teenagers

Healing Hooves is partnering with the NARHA at the Kentucky Horse Park

Hospice of the Bluegrass and Central Kentucky Riding for HOPE have joined together this week to facilitate a new bereavement service, Healing Hooves. The program incorporates the use of horses to help facilitate the grieving process for Kentucky children and teenagers from ages 7 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Healing Hooves is a three-day retreat that runs July 7, 9 and 12 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and combines hospice bereavement counselors; North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA)-certified equine specialists; and horses to assist children with the healing process. Retreat participants are being taught strategies to express their grief, reduce stress and isolation and connect with others who have lost a loved one.

The program is open to any Kentucky child or teenager who has experienced the death of a loved one. For more information, contact Brandy Gordon at 859-277-2700.


  1. That is awesome. I can’t think of barely anything that would comfort me more than to be with horses. Does it cost anything to the participants, and if not, who sponsors it?


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