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Hearts & Hooves provides equine assisted activities to persons with disabilities and is located in Sherwood AR, just outside of the Little Rock/North Little Rock city limits. Hearts & Hooves enriches the lives of people with disabilities through partnership with the horse.


Saying Goodbye To Metronome

January 2, 2014


Dear Hearts & Hooves Family,



The staff and horses have had a difficult day here at Hearts & Hooves.  I'm writing to tell you about the loss of one of our wonderful equine partners, Metronome.  On Christmas, the vet came out to the barn on on emergency call for Metronome, who was displaying signs of colic.  After undergoing treatment and the vet and staff closely monitoring Met, he seemed on the mend.  However, yesterday afternoon he suffered a relapse, and despite treatment, passed away in the early morning hours.  The dedicated Hearts & Hooves staff spent many hours tending to him and sitting with him when nothing else could be done.  Even in this difficult moment, I'm reminded of how lucky we are to have such a caring and capable staff, each of whom give up holidays and family time to ensure the best care for our wonderful horses.


Metronome was born in 1989, a small-for-his-breed Thoroughbred who spent many years as a lesson horse in the jumping ring. After his age prevented him from continuing over jumps, owner Melinda Godsey (Midland Farm) gave Metronome to Hearts & Hooves in 2010 to work in lessons for as long as we needed him.  No one at Hearts & Hooves remembers a horse that so quickly adapted to the therapy horse job.  Within a month, Metronome had passed all of the tests, and proven himself ready to carry our special riders. Since then, he's rarely missed a beat, and has been one of our "go-to" horses for brand new riders, and for those learning how to trot independently--his easy-going nature and wonderful bouncy rhythm made him perfect for riders learning to post the trot.  It's that steady rhythm (and steady nature) that made his name such a perfect match for him.  


Metronome was a truly special animal, and spread so much joy in his 26 years.  He will be greatly missed.


A picture mat will be available for riders, volunteers, and friends to sign, and will be mounted in the Heritage Room with other cherished members of the herd who have served Hearts & Hooves.




Liz Marg

Hearts & Hooves- Executive Director


UPDATE:  Thank you to all of the current and past riders and volunteers who have sent words of encouragement and shared memories of Metronome.  In the spirit of looking back at our wonderful equine friend, please enjoy these pictures of Metronome's time with us.  Thanks for all the laughs, friend.


Rider Testimonials

Sydney has improved muscle tone and greater trunk strength.  She loves Hearts & Hooves and does not see it as therapy.  Most days, she does not want to leave!  ~Tina, mother

Volunteer Testimonials

It’s something different and something other than the zoo. It’s much calmer and even-keeled. Everybody is friendly and fun, and there is lots of laughing! ~Melissa , age 25


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