Monday, November 23, 2015

Unbridled Beauties of DoubleHP 2016 calendar available in our Zazzle store

our 2016 calendar is available. in 3 different sizes. purse size, standard, and huge. Zazzle has some sales closer to xmas, sometimes 50% off.  so you might want to keep track of that. but don't wait too long to order them. they are beautiful. you can see what each page/month/feature photo looks like from this link.  Some of our sanctuary horses with some of their volunteers, fundraisers, and sponsors.

Shadow and Bella are on the front cover again.

Monday, October 26, 2015

thanks Joann for your memorial donation

Thank you Joann for your memorial donation in honor of your sisters Doris Ellen Nurre and Patricia Dieterich. Love, from your friends, Shadow and Bella.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Christina learning how to trim and rasp hooves

More than one area professional farrier has told us that we have quite a shortage of professional farriers in our area. So, we are learning to do some of it ourselves. Christina is rasping Spirit every 7-10 days, trying to get rid of the cracks in his hooves that may be caused from his hooves "flaring."
Doesn't look too stressful for Spirit, does it!

of course, back hooves too!

Monday, July 20, 2015

need some new fly masks and fly boots for our rescued horses

Could someone please buy us some new fly masks and fly boots. These things are getting really old!
Donations to DoubleHP, 25337 470 Ave, Crooks SD  57020
We are 501c3 as Horse Help Providers, Inc.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Help the Horses of DoubleHP celebrate their Sioux Falls Chamber Ribbon Cutting!

You are invited! Please just let us know if you are coming, so we can add some more fruit and veggies to the goodie trays! email us at

thanks for the story Southside Living & Crown Pointe Neighbors Magazines

here's the story that ran in these beautiful magazines this month. They included some beautiful photos of some of our rescued horses too. Thanks thanks thanks!!!

The Horses of DoubleHP:
They can show you how to develop or improve your skills in business communications, teamwork, and leadership.
They can help you figure things out about yourself, relationships, and life.

And of course, they can teach you about all things horsey, including how to ride.
They are the Horses of DoubleHP; and they are available for business/group workshops, counseling and psychotherapy sessions, and natural horsemanship programs.

The Horses of DoubleHP are special horses; they were rescued by Volunteers of Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP), a 501c3 nonprofit organization with headquarters near Crooks, SD (25337 470th Avenue), just 20 minutes from Sioux Falls. DoubleHP Volunteers have helped to rescue, rehab and rehome hundreds of horses during the last 14 years; and 14 of these horses have been promised a forever home at DoubleHP’s sanctuary and learning center near Crooks. These are the Horses of DoubleHP. Most of them were rescued from severe starvation when they were very young, some only a few months old, in cases where law enforcement was involved. Many of these horses saw friends and family members freeze and starve to death before help arrived. But these horses, the Horses of DoubleHP, are survivors. They have an amazing ability to forgive; and they can teach us a lot about life, if we let them.
Equine-assisted learning workshops for businesses and organizations are designed according to group size, schedule, and goals. For equine-assisted counseling and psychotherapy sessions, the Horses of DoubleHP and their Manager, Darci Hortness, team up with Carissa Palmberg, MS, LPC, LAC, of Carissa Palmberg Counseling. Both Hortness (Equine Specialist) and Palmberg (Mental Health Professional) are certified through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). In these sessions, participants interact with the horses in on-the-ground activities; there is no riding.

But of course there IS riding going on at DoubleHP -- in their horsemanship program, which is strongly influenced by Parelli Natural Horsemanship and includes a mixture of riding and non-riding activities. “Everything we do before we get on the horse relates to what we do when we ride,” explains Hortness. “If you can develop good rhythm and harmony with horses in non-riding activities, you will have a better chance of success in the saddle,” says Hortness. But people don’t have to ride if they don’t want to; they can still enjoy a horse relationship and fun physical exercise in non-riding horse activities. DoubleHP’s horsemanship participants fall into three main categories:  individuals or families who are thinking about becoming new horse owners, current horse owners who are having some issues or just want to learn more, and former horse owners who are currently without a horse for whatever reason.
Hortness is often asked about the cost of horse ownership. “It’s expensive; you need to plan on thousands of dollars each year to properly care for a horse,” she says. “At DoubleHP, you can kind of share that expense, you can help to sponsor a rescued horse, learn how to care for horses, learn how to be safe, happy and successful with horses, and just try it out before you actually go out and buy a horse, protecting yourself from a lot of unnecessary stress and mistakes,” says Hortness. 

DoubleHP was awarded sanctuary status from Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) in 2012, and is South Dakota’s first and only GFAS sanctuary. DoubleHP is also a proud new member of the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and a ribbon cutting is scheduled at DoubleHP for Tuesday June 30 at 4:30 p.m. The Horses of DoubleHP extend an invitation to everyone to attend. They will be offering free horsemanship sessions and business workshops that day, by advance appointment. “No previous horse experience is required. The Horses will show you everything you need to know. About Life.” If you would like to get on the schedule for June 30 or to start any DoubleHP program, please call Darci at 359-0961. For more information about DoubleHP’s programs, visit their website or

Thursday, June 4, 2015

DoubleHP Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting June 30, Free Sessions that day for horsemanship and equine assisted learning

You're all invited to join us here on Tuesday June 30 for our Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Celebration!
The Horses are offering free horsemanship sessions that day. They are also offering equine-assisted learning sessions for small groups & businesses. Topics include communication, leadership, team building, etc. No previous horse experience necessary. These sessions will be scheduled on a first-call basis, so please call right away if you are interested in participating. Call Darci, 359-0961.
Ribbon cutting at 4:30. But the other sessions can be scheduled throughout the rest of the day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two members of our professional EAGALA team at DoubleHP.
Carissa Palmberg Counseling,
and one of our rescued horses, Princess.

DoubleHP Lily was rescued from starvation as a 3-year-old.
She is a rock-star in DoubleHP's horsemanship program (riding or non-riding)
and also in EAGALA sessions.
Darci Hortness is DoubleHP's manager, horsemanship leader, and equine specialist on DoubleHP's EAGALA team. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

thank you to our business sponsors who signed up in April 2015 to help us with our ASPCA Help a Horse Day Celebration

Thanks to these business sponsors. Links below. Also thanks Greg, Angela, and Antonsens for lining these up!!! Thanks to all of our volunteers on the day of our Barn Dance April 26. Thanks to Carissa Palmberg Counseling for the EAGALA presentation. Thanks to Pam for managing our rummage sale again, and thanks to Doug, LaVette and Jada for hosting our sale in Sioux Falls. Thanks ASPCA for the opportunity to be a part of this national event and for the opportunity to apply for a grant associated with this event. We'll know in a month or so if we are a grant recipient.

The winner of our Great Grand Prize, the 2 night stay at any Ramkota Hotel, is Barb Hubbling of Renner!  
Thanks to business sponsors:
Ramkota Hotels and related restaurants Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill, Minervas, All Day Café, Phillips Avenue Diner, Grille 26
Ramada Hotel on Russell St. in Sioux Falls, Castaways Bar and Grill, and the Tiki Bar
Eric Atkisson of Atkisson Art in Sioux Falls
ProBuild in Sioux Falls
Big Ern's Bar and Grill, Crooks SD
Pizza Inn on E 10th in Sioux Falls
Last Stop CD Shop in Sioux Falls
Exteriors Unlimited, Sioux Falls

Ramkota Hotels and Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill at the Sioux Falls Ramkota

Best Western PLUS Ramkota Hotel Sioux Falls, South Dakota


thanks to other Ramkota-related restaurants, WR Restaurants, All Day Cafe, Minervas, Phillips Avenue Diner, Grille 26

 Ramada Hotel on Russell St. in Sioux Falls, Castaways Bar & Grill, and the Tiki Bar

Poolside Tiki Bar

thanks Eric Atkisson of Atkisson Art 

ProBuild in Sioux Falls


Friday, April 24, 2015

Art by Eric Atkisson and Thomas R Voorhis, donated for our event tomorrow

this is the one that Angela's friend Eric did for us. He brought it to us today. It is beautiful. This artist is Eric Atkisson. he has a website at and has a studio in Sioux Falls at Exposure Gallery & Studios. His email is and he's having an art show May 1, 5-10 p.m. at Monks, downtown Sioux Falls, during the Art and Wine Walk. This will be a silent aucition item tomorrow too. Eric used a photo he found on our fb page for this. It's called "Serenity and Spirit."

so, we're setting up for the rummage sale today and a neighbor comes over and donates some awesome stuff! including these 2 pieces of art. I looked up the artist, Thomas R Voorhis, he died in January of this year out in the Black Hills. these look to be originals but I am not an expert. there is a website in his memory, he has a lot of quotes about humility. "humility" was one of his favorite words and things. Here are the words that are on the one drawing: "O Great Spirit, ...Whose voice I hear in the winds and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me. I come before you, one of your many children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. let me walk in beauty and my eyes behold the red and purple sunset. make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise so that I may know the things you have taught my people, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy -- myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. So when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame." Do you think the artist wrote that too? anyone recognize it? sure is beautiful. On the drawing with the 4 faces the names Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Chief Joseph, and Many Horns and the date 79. Anyway, we're going to have these at silent auction tomorrow at our Rummage sale event. bidding ends at 3 p.m. Call if you have any questions or knowledge of these items. thanks. Darci. 605 359-0961
This is where you can find these beautiful art pieces for sale tomorrow. Silent auction. bidding ends at 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Silent auction items for our event on Saturday

a little more info on our rummage sale/silent auction this Saturday. Please see previous posts for details.
we have 3 silent auction items at our rummage sale on Saturday.  We have a gift certificate for a room at Ramada Hotels & Suites plus a $25 gift cert. to Castaways or Tiki Bar at Ramada. that package starts at $60. Then we have a collection of gift certificates for 8 different Sioux Falls area restaurants, valued at $170 and starting at $90. bidding stops at 3 p.m. and winners must pick up and pay that day by 6:30 p.m. We haven'...t seen our other item yet but we hear it's a beautiful piece of art featuring one of our rescued horses. Can't wait to see it!!!!!!!!!!! And don't forget about our grand prize. 2 night stay at any Ramkota Hotel. That one is a drawing at our Barn Dance on Sunday. Everyone who signs the official event roster Saturday and Sunday has a chance to win this one, and you do NOT have to be present to win that one. Drawing a little before 3 p.m. on Sunday, here at our horse shelter. then we have other items for the barn dance too, some raffle maybe, others door prizes.
Thanks to our Business Sponsors. We will get links and stuff to them after this weekend.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

press release about our events this weekend!

heres a press release you may share if you want. the posts previous to this one will give you more info about the events this weekend. our rummage sale on Saturday in Sioux Falls, and our "barn dance" here at our horse shelter on Sunday.

APRIL 20, 2015

Darci Hortness, President
Horse Help Providers, Inc. (DoubleHP)
(605) 359-0961

DoubleHP Celebrates ASPCA Help A Horse Day on April 26th

Community support needed for chance to win $10,000 ASPCA grant and
save more horses

CROOKS, SD (April 20, 2015) — DoubleHP will be celebrating the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day on April 26 and competing for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts in equine welfare. To celebrate the event, DoubleHP has a Kingswood Rummage Sale on Saturday April 25 at 1609 S. Deerberry Trail in Sioux Falls, and a “Barn Dance” on Sunday April 26 at DoubleHP Horse Sanctuary & Learning Center, 25337 470 Ave (about 3 miles north of Crooks).

This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 149 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

 “Sunday’s Barn Dance at DoubleHP WILL include some dancing. Dancing with horses. Horses have a natural sense of rhythm, balance and harmony, so whenever we are involved in horse activities, riding or non-riding, it is a bit like a beautiful dance,” said Darci Hortness, DoubleHP’s Founder/President.

The ASPCA Help A Horse Day contest is a wonderful opportunity for our team to welcome Sioux Falls area residents and businesses into our barn to help spread awareness about responsible horse ownership. Most of the horses we have rescued from starvation were rescued when they were babies, products of irresponsible breeding and neglectful ownership. Most of the horses that we rescue are also untrained. Some have never been touched before, let alone ridden. Horses that have been trained properly can almost always find a good, new home. Horses without training are difficult to place. Training has always been a priority for our rescue horses. And we have a program at our learning center which will help other people learn how to train their horses as well. So many times, young horses get labeled as “dangerous” just because their owners don’t know how to train or handle them. Through our horsemanship program, we can help people learn how to be safe, happy, and successful with their horses. And they will be learning from the best teachers in the world – The Horses of DoubleHP. You can send your horse to a trainer, but if you don’t involve yourself in that training, how will you know what to do with your horse when you bring him back home? Our program is designed so that people can learn good horsemanship skills and habits at our facility, and then take what they learn from us and apply it to their horses at home. We have had many participants come here to learn, even though they already own horses. We have also had many people come here to learn before they go out and buy a horse. Other people come here because they know they won’t be able to afford their own horse for a long, long time. So they come here and share one of our rescued horses and learn about horses for as many months or years as they want to. So many nice young horses fall through the cracks, get labeled as “dangerous,” and end up on the slaughter truck, just because their humans don’t have the time, money, or skills to properly train them. Usually, when a horse-related accident occurs, it is a human error. Usually just one little thing a human could have done differently, and then there wouldn’t have been an accident at all. It might be something as simple as learning how to put a halter on or learning how to ask a horse to slow down or stop when it gets a little worried about something. These are things you can learn when you come to our Barn Dance on Sunday. Oh, and you can learn how to NOT get your toes stepped on too!  Horses are majestic, loving animals, and we hope our local supporters will come out on April 26 to help us win a $10,000 grant so we can continue our lifesaving efforts for years to come.”

Horse Help Providers, Inc., has been a 501c3 nonprofit for more than 10 years. It is South Dakota’s first and only GFAS approved Sanctuary and, in addition to offering education through a horsemanship program, has EAGALA certified facilitators available for equine-assisted counseling, learning, and psychotherapy.

Sunday’s Barn Dance is free to attend, and there will be door prizes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the event and about DoubleHP, please visit or call Darci at 359-0961.

Monday, April 20, 2015

More details about our "Barn Dance" activities April 26

Our "Barn Dance" on Sunday, April 26, is all about the natural sense of balance, rhythm, and harmony that Horses have. And how we can learn about that from the horses and add some of it to our own lives. These times are approximate:

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. two of our DoubleHP PT chore helper youth employees are volunteering some of their time to help us demonstrate some important horsemanship skills. Brooke and Tiffany, along with a few of our sanctuary horses, will help us with some important riding and non-riding skills that all young horse owners and their parents should know.
Also during this time, we hope to have enough time to show you how Flicka dances with her rider even with no reins!

From 12:30 to 2 p.m. two of our volunteers / horsemanship participants will explain their upcoming official Parelli Level 2 audition videos. One is riding, the other non-riding. Angela with Rocky, and Christina with Spirit will demonstrate their video plans. This may even be their official video time! They are both so close to being ready, perhaps this will be the day!

 Also during this time we will let Lovely Lily show you how she dances with her big green ball.
then, from 3 to 5 p.m. we will be joined by Carissa Palmberg of Carissa Palmberg Counseling for an EAGALA presentation. This is equine assisted counseling, learning, and psychotherapy.
Carissa will explain EAGALA, you will be able to ask her questions, and then we'll have some EAGALA group session demos. so you can see how it actually works. The Horses of DoubleHP are a part of the professional EAGALA team here, and several of them will be involved in this activity.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

More details of rummage sale items -- lots of stuff donated!

Our rummage sale is Saturday April 25, 2015, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1609 S Deerberry Trail in Sioux Falls (near 26th & Sertoma). Here's some of the stuff donated. There's lots more, but here's some that we have photos of. Forgot to mention here that there are 4 or 5 nice winter blankets too. Rambo and other great brands. Pam says she washed them all too!

bedrolls, new cinch, bosal

beautiful black leather bridle

breast collar, reins, etc

various leather headstalls, some with silver

tubs of misc. halters, reins, brushes, etc.

new stirrups

beautiful like-new Lenox Xmas dishes

Dart is not for sale but he wanted in the photo. With his toy.
beautiful older but in excellent condition AQHA Collection Hereford Textan Reiner, 15 inch seat.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

We're having a DoubleHP Barn Dance and a Kingswood Rummage Sale!

As we get updates on events we'll post them here and on our facebook page. Have you liked us there yet? Join 3,500 other friends who have! thanks.

How would your business like to become the sponsor of our Grand Prize or our Great Grand Prize for these events! Gift certificates, coupons, discounts, items. Let us know if you have a donation for us. We'll acknowledge you on our 2015 sponsor/supporter list on our websites and at our events. Call Darci at 605 359-0961 to donate.
These events are in conjunction with ASPCA's Help a Horse Celebration. If we get enough participation, we might win thousands of dollars from ASPCA. Attend if you can. Donate if you can. Shop at our rummage sale too.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Equine Assisted Counseling / Learning / Therapy. Women's Group starting in May

Please contact Carissa Palmberg Counseling for more information or to get signed up.
Her number is 308 830-0247.
Or you can call Darci at DoubleHP 605 359-0961.

EAGALA certified facilitators Carissa Palmberg, MS, LPC, LAC; and Equine Specialist Darci Hortness; along with the Horses of DoubleHP, are forming a Women's group starting in May. Tuesdays with the Horses. Counseling, Connecting, Communicating -- in a non-traditional therapy setting -- with The Horses.
Please contact Carissa for details.
Here is what she is thinking: Each woman will have an individual session, cost $120. After that, each woman participant may attend as many of the 12 group sessions as she wants to. Depending on the number of sessions, the cost is somewhere around $30-$50 per group session. As long as 6 or more group sessions are attended, the cost is $30 per session.
Also, new members may enroll at any time.
So if you are just hearing about this and there are only a few sessions left, you can still join!
We also don't have a firm time set for the group sessions. What time works best for you? We could form more than one group if we have enough members for 2 different time slots.
Yes! The Horses get paid for their work. I'm sure they will buy hay and grain with their paycheck. Darci volunteers her time to co-facilitate.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

information for our be in AWE horsemanship program, for 2015

It's not too early to get signed up and get your preferred days/times locked in.
when you are comparing per hour programs, remember that our sessions are two hours.
any questions just call 359-0961. thanks.