Leo, a recently rescued horse, healing after surgery. Most of our horses are in very poor condition when we acquired
them, but have flourished under care
and attention, becoming excellent instruction horses.
  Learn more about
our ERCT and Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding Programs here.

Volunteers Needed for
 Halloween Bash


Contact Lisa for More Info.

Thank you to Baylor, Scott & White Foundation for providing camp scholarships for the 2018 season!

Halloween Bash Agenda
4:00 Haunted Trail Rides begin, carnival games and silent auction opens
5:30 -6:00 Haunted trail rides take a break
5:30 Professional Natural Horsemanship demonstration by 4-Star Parelli Professional, Kerri April - Main Arena
6:00 Haunted trail Rides Resume
5:00 - 7:00 Food is served, $10 a plate
7:00 Silent Auction Closes. Come collect your items
7:30 Instructor/Horse Costume Contest
7:40 Apple Bobbing with a Horse, Sign up at the Silent Auction Table

Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding

Now Enrolling for Fall 2018.

Contact Lisa for More Info.


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Who We Are

Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding

2018 Summer Health & Horse Camps Wrap-Up

Equine Rehabilitation Central Texas is 501(3)c non-profit 

organization formed in June of 2012 to rehabilitate neglected horses.
Many healthy horses later, Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding emerged
as these rehabilitated horses gained new purpose in serving children and adults with special needs and individuals recovering from trauma.


Hopeful Hearts provides therapeutic sessions and riding lessons weekly with the effort of several certified PATH instructors and volunteers.


In addition, we have provided horseback riding for Veterans' Night Out and conducted camps during summer and school holidays. We also offer frequent volunteer training for working with horses and students.



Meet Our Newest Rescue - Jonah

This is our newest rescued horse from
the Ark/La kill pen. He's a friendly, calm Belgian. He arrived skinny and sick and has already gained a couple hundred pounds. He's healthy now and he is an eating machine!


We will appreciate any and all donations of horse-quality coastal hay or alfalfa
hay or monetary donations to help us
pay for this big horse. Click on the
Contact & Donations
page to make
your online donation.

ERCT Founder, Executive Director & Certified PATH Instructor, Lisa Rivers, with Jake.

Come Help Raise Money for ERCT & Hopeful Hearts!

Thank you Parelli Foundation!


The Parelli Foundation awarded a grant for $2500 for Parelli training for the staff. This training has been going on all summer by instructor, Kerri April, 4 Star Parelli Professional.  The purpose for this training is to improve our relationships with our therapeutic riding horses, treat them with respect and improve our communication with our wonderful sentient horses. We need our horses to have a "want to" attitude instead of an

"have to" attitude so that

they will continue to

provide the therapeutic

service to our riders.  

NLand Surf Park

ETJ 4836 E. Highway 71
Austin, Texas 78617

October 21st from 12-8pm

Enjoy a Day of Surfing to
Support ERCT & Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding!


NLand is a surf park and brewery restaurant founded by Doug Coors on 55-acres in Del Valle, TX.  We are partnering with them on October 21st from 12:00 noon to 8:00pm.  They will donate $1 for every Surfeza beer sold that day. So please come on out and drink Surfeza beer, surf and support ERCT/Hopeful Hearts.

"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"


"My son has autism and his body changes at the ranch. He is relaxed, focused and balanced. It is easier for him to follow directions, make choices and verbalize when he is riding."


"I feel confidence from riding."


"My daughter with a developmental disability was scared of horses and donkeys. After her first ride, that fear disappeared. Since she has been riding, her speech and communication have exploded and her gross and fine motor skills have greatly improved. If I had one therapy for my daughter, it would be therapeutic riding."


"My son looks forward to riding. Riding has expanded his realm of interests and his language development has improved dramatically."


"The peaceful setting, gentle horses, hammock, friendly staff... all these put my child and me at ease."


"Hopeful Hearts has been a God-send for us!"

Hopeful Hearts Therapeutic Riding provides academic and social skills while developing physical strength and stamina, as well as reducing stress from trauma.


Hearts Therapeutic Riding is working toward becoming a PATH Premier Accredited Center.

Texas Stars Foundation awards ERCT with funding to provide therapeutic riding for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI.)

Jonah wants attention. So please come by to groom him and walk him around.

As a non-profit organization, we depend on volunteers to help care for horses, maintain the property and assist children with riding. We could not do it without our volunteers.


New volunteer orientations are held every month.  Email us for our next volunteer orientation: hopefulheartsvolunteers@gmail.com


For information on making a tax-deductible donation, please click HERE.

For current events and volunteer orientations, please follow us on Face Book:
www.facebook.com/equinerehabilitationcentraltexas

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available so that you can help make a difference.  Your donation will fund farrier visits, vet care, medicine, and feed.  Click
the link below to learn more!