ALIGNING VETERANS’ STRENGTHS WITH HORSES’ FREEDOM FOR HEALING

We are recruiting Veterans and Service Members to participate in an equine mental health intervention aimed at treating trauma and the impacts of military service.
There is no cost to U.S. Veterans and Service Members. All the work is ground-based; no riding or horsemanship taught.

UNIQUE QUALITIES OF HORSES SPEED EMOTIONAL BREAKTHROUGHS

 

Horses are highly attuned animals. They offer safe reflection and compelling feedback for fears and anxieties military clients may be facing. This is especially true for those suffering from PTSD. In the hands of our professional facilitation team – a licensed mental health professional and a certified equine specialist – the horses’ unique sensitivity can help clients understand their own internal processes more readily than hours of talk therapy.

 

HERD DYNAMICS HELP CLIENTS UNDERSTAND THEIR OWN LIVES

 

Observing the dynamics of a herd of horses can help clients better understand the dynamics of their own family, military unit and community. It allows for a positive model for fostering collaboration, support and trust. The horses provide an emotionally safe way to work through and strengthen relationships in life – whether it be within themselves, others, their beliefs, or the environment.

 

FOSTER RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF HIGH STRESS

 

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy & Learning is based on experience and doing. The treatment sessions re-create life experiences, including those involving frustrations, high stress, and relationship problems. The sessions provide opportunities for service members and their families to re-discover their resources and their strengths. They acquire positive skills, fostering a new context for civilian life after deployment and/or military service. In-the-moment feedback from the horses, is gained, thus promoting healing.

BREAK THROUGH BARRIERS TO CARE

Clients experience activities with horses that remove much of the perceived stigma associated with traditional talk therapy treatment methods. When treatment is about doing, it is more engaging. Engagement increases impact! Data confirms that this population is more likely to start and complete treatment with this model, with less dropout and recidivism than traditional talk therapies. Military clients repeatedly attest to how quickly and deeply they get to the root of their issues and subsequent meaningful changes.

DISCOVER REAL WORLD SOLUTIONS TO THE TOUGHEST CHALLENGES

Clients find their own solutions to the struggles in their lives. They build on their resilience and learn through self-discovery. This ensures clients will become more successful in both military and civilian life.