Healing Hooves Benefits Grieving Children and Teenagers

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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.

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  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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