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Cheerful Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Animal Assisted Therapy


Assist by leading horses or walking beside students (sidewalking) during classes. Horse leaders need a general knowledge of horses. Horse leaders are responsible for leading horses during class. Sidewalkers do not need horse experience. They are responsible for communicating with the students and offering them physical and emotional support. Program volunteers should be willing to commit to the same day and time each week and are required to attend our introductory volunteer orientation.

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About Cheerful Hearts Therapeutic Riding and Animal Assisted Therapy


7317 AVENUE P, Santa Fe, TX 77510, US

Mission Statement

Our purpose is to provide persons with physical, cognitive, psycho-social and emotional disabilities as well as those being impacted by potentially life altering illness or injury the opportunity to experience the power of the human/animal bond through therapeutic interventions in order to promote improved health and wellness. Cheerful Hearts is dedicated to training, research, and education in this emerging field of Recreational Therapy.


Cheerful Hearts is a PATH intl member center. We provide a special form of assistance to individuals and groups seeking ways to integrate animals in activities that promote growth in all areas of physical, emotional and cognitive development.

Located in Santa Fe, Texas, just south of League City and north of Galveston, we offer therapeutic riding lessons in English or Western as well as adaptive methods at our barn. We also will travel to your facility to participate in AAT, AAE, or AAA with our miniature horses and therapy animals. Our goal is to provide a safe, enjoyable riding session or animal assisted intervention with therapeutic benefits, while never leaving out the fun.


We'll work with your schedule.


7317 Avenue PSanta FeSanta Fe, TX 77510



  • Animal Care / Handling


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • A minimum of 6 hours a month
  • Closed toe shoes

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