Hooves with HEART Equine Program


Hooves with a Heart

Let’s Hit the Trails Together!

The Mark Wandall Foundation is proud to partner with Hooves with HEART to provide monthly sessions of equine-assisted learning at the Hooves with HEART (located 758 Gates Creek Road, Bradenton FL 34212). This FREE program is open to children ages 5 and older who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or guardian.

This 2-hour program will help participants focus on healing, bonding, and team building skills through:

  • Horse 101: Basic Care of Horses 
  • Trail Class: Leaders: Learning to lead horses through obstacles
  • Trail Class: Leaders: Learning to ride and communicate with horses

Only 12 spots will be available each month, and participants WILL be riding horses! Closed-toe shoes are required, and guardians must stay on the premises during the program.

The 2024 program will run from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm on the following Saturday dates:

March 9, 2024
April 13, 2024
May 11, 2024
June 8, 2024

Registration for the Hooves with HEART Riding Sessions begins approximately three weeks before each session. Registration is announced through The Mark Wandall Foundation email. If you do not already receive event notifications from The Mark Wandall Foundation you can sign up here, https://www.themarkwandallfoundation.org/contact/.

Space is limited, and pre-registration paperwork is required for each session. To register, email Kim Smith at ksmith.themarkwandallfoundation@gmail.com.

The following paperwork must be completed and returned to Kim Smith at ksmith.themarkwandallfoundation@gmail.com along with your child’s age, height and weight in order to be considered registered:

Download Required Forms Below:
(Once completed, paperwork is valid for one (1) year)

Hooves Rider Packet

Hooves Parent Guardian Form

***Like all of our programs, this event will always be FREE, as our programming is generously paid for with donor funds. Please recognize, last minute cancellations and/or ‘no shows,’ negate donor generosity, and also claim the spots of others who wanted to attend.