A Helping Hoof for Veterans (Grantsville, UT)
A Helping Hoof was started to serve the need of veterans who are struggling with the symptoms of PTSD, whether they be debilitating or annoying. We also work with the families of veterans as they attempt to re-integrate in the family system. Currently in the program are veterans who have suffered combat stress, sexual assault, hazing trauma, and the trauma of being a helping provider to wounded military.
Big Heart Ranch (Malibu, CA)
BIG Heart Ranch is a non-profit known for its unique, animal inspired growth and healing. A serene, ocean-view 12+ acre ranch set in the Santa Monica mountains and home to a family of amazing animals, therapists, horse practitioners and volunteers creates a very special growth and healing experience.
Our programs offer experiential learning and therapy for children, individuals, couples, families, groups, agencies and corporations. We offer a fresh, effective approach to mental health and everyday life issues. HIPAA compliant, we honor the confidentiality of all participants.
Military Veterans Healing Program - They served and protected us and our country and we are honored to give back to them! Wounded warriors and their families receive an unlimited number of no cost healing sessions.
Classic Equestian Assisted Family Services, Inc. (Dublin, GA)
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families including Military Families: Grief, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, Trauma Survivors, Sex Abuse Survivors, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Medical Family Therapy surrounding management of complex medical conditions.
Individualized clinical care, outpatient services, school based initiatives, business and industry professional workshops, Employee Assistance Programs, Medical Family Therapy, Summer Camps, Faith-based groups, and individualized intensive outpatient therapy, EMDR, CBT, and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
EAGALA Advanced Certified
Equest Hooves for Heroes (Wylie, TX)
Hooves for Heroes is program is devoted to improving the lives of our military servicemen and women. Their mission is to empower, enrich, and educate through horses.
Equest offers current service members, honorably-discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and adult military family members the Hooves for Heroes program free of charge.
Equi-Vets (Virginia Beach, VA)
The mission of Equi-Vets is to provide, promote and support equine assisted activities for active, reserve and retired military personnel who have been injured in the line of duty.
Healing Horses and Armed Forces (Tehachapi, CA)
Rising Moon Ranch is the location of Healing Horses & Armed Forces. We conduct Equine Assisted Learning programs. We are located in Tehachapi, California, two hours from Los Angeles, forty-five minutes from Bakersfield, and two and a half hours from Paso Robles.
Healing Horses & Armed Forces was created for our men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, service members and their families. It is a program designated in making the transition from war, back home to civilian life possible.
Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors - Back in the Saddle Warriors (Washington)
Back in the Saddle Warriors is Heartbeat's clinical and evidence based Equine Assisted Therapy which consists of Hippotherapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Providers include: Occupational Therapists with Level 1 Hippotherapy training,Clinical Psychologist who is also EGALA certified and a NARHA certified trainer.
Contact the organization for locations.
Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch (Clovis, CA)
Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch is committed to promoting therapeutic riding as an efficacious treatment modality for those who suffer from physical, mental or emotional disorders by developing community awareness of equine assisted/ facilitated therapy.
The population HHTR serves ranges from those who are physically challenged to those with emotional or behavioral disorders. Though not everyone with disabilities can safely participate in therapeutic riding activities, HHTR serves a broad segment of the disable community & Veterans from the Fresno VA Hospital here in the central valley.
Some of the conditions for which therapeutic riding has been proved an effective treatment are cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, sensory impairment (i.e. loss of hearing or sight), Down Syndrome, Autism, learning disabilities, psychological impairments, emotional disorders and interpersonal challenges.
Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch’s mission is to help exceptional central valley citizens achieve new heights and discover new abilities through supervised therapeutic equestrian activities.
Heroes and Horses (Belgrade, MT)
The Heroes and Horses Veterans Program is designed as a seven day, intensive, instructional program with a stay at a true working ranch. During each Ranch Week, veterans are taught horse handling, horsemanship, riding, backcountry horse packing, backcountry camp setup, and mountain trail skills. The progression of instruction and knowledge is ultimately utilized during a 4-day overnight backcountry pack trip into some of the most rugged and remote wilderness in the lower 48 states. Exposing our war veterans to new experiences and to the awe-inspiring, spectacular beauty of the mountains here in Montana and across the Rockies is just one aspect of the life-changing adventure that our heroes encounter. Instruction takes place "During Summer Months" in Bozeman, Montana and surrounding lands, offering miles of riding trails and recreational opportunities including fishing, floating, hiking, hunting, and other outdoor activities. Former US Navy SEALs Micah Fink and Nick Hays and Professional Packer Mark White have joined together to give veterans the opportunity to experience the mountains and horses in a way never before imagined.
Horse Rhythm Foundation (Glendale, AZ)
Horse Rhythm Foundation, Inc. (HRF) is a non-profit organization. HRF was founded by disabled war veterans providing Equine Assisted Services (EAS) as a broad-based collaborative community initiative that recognizes and honors the intrinsic value of our military soldiers, law enforcement agencies, firefighters and their families. The foundation provides EAS in an effort to bridge the gap between traditional healing methodologies and true whole-being wellness of the mind, body, and spirit for veterans suffering from war time afflictions, and law enforcement personnel with mental health disorders and physical disabilities. Horse Rhythm includes in its Equine Assisted Service models; Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) based Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL); and Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH, Intl).
Horses 4 Heroes
Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, Horses4Heroes is building a nationwide network of family-friendly, kid-friendly horseback riding facilities and equine-related service providers that support our mission to make horseback riding affordable for, and accessible to the families of the heroes in our communities including, but not limited to: military personnel (active duty and veterans), law enforcement officers, firefighters/EMTs, critical care and hospice nurses, special needs school teachers and families who are struggling with serious, chronic illnesses and/or disabilities.
Horses That Heal (Fort Bragg, NC)
We are committed to helping youth with behavioral problems and the issues that face wounded warriors and their families.
We use the EAGALA Model (EAP) paired with EAGALA certified professionals:
- A Team Approach – Licensed clinical therapist and equine specialist
- Focus on Groundwork – No mounting required
- Solution Oriented – The client will determine the best solution
Working with horses develops non-verbal skills, confidence, responsibility, problem solving, assertiveness, and teamwork.
Miles Ranch (Miles of Smiles Foundation) (North Fort Myers, FL)
The Miles of Smiles Foundation is focused on treating post-traumatic stress and other mental disabilities/disorders using equestrian therapy. Equestrian assisted therapy is the use of horses in the evaluation and treatment of patients. It is an amazing therapy because the patient is not treated in the normal setting of doctor patient with questions and answers where the patient feels threatened or intimidated. The patient forms a bond with a chosen horse and based on certain interactions with the horse we can evaluate the patient and start treating them in a very unique way that has worked for thousands of patients especially our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
There is no charge to veterans in the program. In addition to working with veterans, counseling in grief and loss, anxiety, and depression is available on a limited basis to the general public.
PATH International Equine Services for Heroes (Nationwide)
“Appreciating the power of the horse to change lives is our goal,” said Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Past President Dr. Paul Spiers, “and PATH Intl. wants to provide positive change for these very special lives. Our service personnel have fought to preserve our freedom, and, for many, at a very dear cost. We must be certain that if our wounded service personnel and veterans need and want this kind of help, they will get the best PATH Intl. has to offer.”
PATH Intl. Horses for Heroes assists military veterans through services provided by PATH Intl. members and by providing leadership and guidance for equine assisted activities and therapies.
To accomplish this mission, PATH Intl. centers connect with Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics, as well as individual veterans. Veterans of any age can benefit from the program and by being involved with equines.
To find a facility near you, use the criteria of Veteran Programs or Horses for Heroes Programs with this LINK.
Reins of Change (Elgin, IL)
Therapy teams at Reins of Change specialize in the treatment of eating disorders, ADHD, anxiety, behavior disorders, chemical dependency, depression, grief, self-injury, PTSD
and other mental health or relationship issues.
Reins of Change works with hospitals, residential treatment programs and private practice groups to develop and provide private Equine Assisted Psychotherapy programs.
Riding My Way Back (documentary)
Riding My Way Back is a short documentary that chronicles one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide. In 2010, Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in addition to third-degree burns and nerve damage from a roadside bomb. At his most desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Aaron is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fred. Through caring for Fred and building mutual trust, Aaron begins the difficult process of reconnecting to the world around him and healing the terrible, invisible wounds of war that had nearly defeated him.
Unbridled Warriors (Green Cove Springs, FL)
Unbridled Warriors Inc.'s mission is to provide Equine Assisted Personal Growth, Equine Experiential Growth and Development, and Equine Interactive Services to military personnel, veterans, first responders, and their families.
Veterans Multi-Purpose Center (Central Florida)
Veterans Multi-Purpose Center is proud that we are the only veterans organization in Florida with an IRS 501(c)(3) status that:
- Provides professional referral and outreach services to veterans utilizing public, private, and government organizations.
- Provides Equine Assisted Therapy for veterans suffering from PTSD.
- Provides weekend therapy retreats for veterans.
- Partnerships with other non-profits for the sole purpose of providing transitional housing for homeless veterans.
- Provides a substance abuse and recovery program for veterans.
- Doesn't have special eligibility requirements for veterans to receive services.
The Veterans Multi-Purpose Center is the only organization in the country using an Equine Agility Program as a therapeutic modality for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other emotional conditions.
Do You Want to Start Your Own Equine Assisted Therapy Program for veterans? We’ve put together a 14-page guideline to help you get started in developing your own Equine Assisted Therapy Program.
War Horses for Veterans Foundation (Stilwell, KS)
War Horses for Veterans is a three-day equine and networking experience. Veterans will have the opportunity to bond with horses, as well as each other, in a safe and comfortable environment. Transportation, hotel and meals are provided at no cost to the veteran. Prior experience with horses is not required.
Warriors Haven Equine Outreach (Los Gatos, CA)
Warriors Haven Equine Outreach is a subsidiary of America's Wild Horse Advocates, a non-profit organization that devotes itself to saving America's Mustangs. Warriors Haven is extending that by using the Mustang, Taser as an ambassador for helping soldiers that are effected by PTSD. Our short term goal is to have events at local venues that allow horses to be used as a medium to bring Soldiers and their families together to commiserate and bond with each other and the horses. Equine therapy is a proven way of helping soldiers release themselves and start to feel whole again.
WHEO's long term goal is to have a place where we can bring in soldiers, have them stay for an extended time and help train off the range Mustang's to improve adoption chances. Our training methods would be taught by Robin Shen of Enlightened Horsemanship. This not only helps our Warriors but our Mustang's as well.
The previous programs have been held in the California Central Coast area, our goal though is to expand to the San Francisco Bay Area, and other areas along the Western Border.
Wild Horse Canyon Ranch Retreat - Wild Horse Warrior Boot Camp (Caliente, CA)
Wounded veterans participate in our Wild Horse Warrior Boot Camp to learn how to gentle wild mustangs. The process of gaining the horses’ trust through authentic and congruent word, action and emotion increases insight and behavior change in the veteran as well as the horse. The relationship between horse and human, created through our wild horse gentling techniques and camp fire sharing, encourages healing of physical, emotional and spiritual trauma and inspires building a “new” intimacy with loved ones at home.
This unique equine healing program brings veterans coming home from deployment with physical, mental and emotional wounds to our rescue ranch for 3 or 4 days to find healing in the act of gentling wild horses. As the wild mustangs become gentled by the Warriors, the Warriors themselves also become “gentled”, finding new purpose and gaining insight into how trauma creates overwhelming fear and sadness which, in turn, creates anger.
Through the gentling and ground training activities, horses and human began to build honest communication, understanding and a relationship based on respect and trust. Each moment during this process, the clients began to reveal themselves in a safe manner, observing their own behavior, and receiving direct and immediate feedback while connecting with another living being. The self-discovery individuals experienced with a horse provided them with more knowledge and accountability often times too threatening to explore even with a therapist. Because of the experiential aspect of our programs, changes in behavior and increased insight often arise quickly and have a lasting transferable effect.
Working with horses, asks the participant to be congruent in thoughts and actions, creating mind and body integration. Our sessions are supervised by trained horse clinicians with a therapist present. Each day consists of process groups exploring how these new insights and behaviors can re-build family relationships and re-cover the confidence needed for employment.
Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program
The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program is a network of therapeutic farms, horse rescues, professional horseman, and professional military members spread throughout the United States dedicated to the WWEP mission of “Giving Veterans and Horses a New Lease On Life”
The vision behind the WWEP is not to reinvent the wheel, by establishing another equine therapeutic program or horse rescue, but to assist subject matter experts already providing this support within their communities and bringing our war veterans to them. Equine therapy is such an amazing benefit in assisting our veterans and service members in getting back to being themselves once they return home. The WWEP is about creating a team, establishing a recognizable brand, which supports more than just one horse farm.
Contact the organization for locations.
Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch (Pinellas Park, FL)
Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch will accommodate service-bound veterans with a focus on wheelchair-bound veterans. Our mission is to honor, strengthen and empower warriors by providing various recreational activities in a safe and relaxing environment.
- Provide recreational facilities services and events to serve in excess of 125 local-area wounded veterans annually
- Provide methodology for tracking and reporting on site usage
- Provide a model recreational and vacation facility which can be emulated in other parts of the country to serve wounded veterans nation-wide
- Provide vacation housing for 100 wheelchair-bound wounded veterans (from anywhere in the nation) and their families annually.