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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.
Battle Flag Ranch (Mount Juliet, TN)
At Battle Flag Ranch, we live to serve the selfless. As a veteran myself who returned home from the dangers of war in Afghanistan, my family and I understand the difficulty of reentry into "normal" life with family and friends. Truth is, life just no longer feels normal. Our heart breaks and our souls bleeds over the pain of each and every serviceman and servicewoman who may have physically survived the horrors of war abroad, but whose families now face the threat of destruction at home. We are a short term bed and breakfast respite for battle-wearied veterans and their equally weary spouse, providing safety and sanctuary as they relearn the delicate art of love and communication in marriage.
The mission of Battle Flag Ranch is to provide respite for battle weary veterans and their equally weary spouses and families. The ranch offers literal shelter by giving veterans and their families the much deserved, yet sadly rare gifts of a beautifully serene getaway and a brief season for quiet refreshment and renewal.
Dedicated to eradicating the astronomical divorce rate among our Armed Services individuals, Battle Flag Ranch helps America's defenders face the new marching orders of an often-unexpected struggle: reestablishing wholeness in their families. As a unique, positive, and encouraging community resource for all military service veterans and their spouses, Battle Flag Ranch helps families find the emotional ceasefire they need to once again band together and reengage life as a united front.
Because We Can - Because We Care (San Clarita, CA)
Because We Can - Because We Care is a recognized nonprofit organization designed to thank our military, law enforcement and firefighter personnel by providing equine therapy for free to those who have become disabled.
We provide horseback riding lessons for free to the children of a parent of the aforementioned groups who is disabled, deployed, or has fallen.
We will offer our services for free to all disabled children.
Our unique program rescues, adopts, rehabilitates and trains horses to use in our equine therapy program for people.
Our organization provides equine therapy and horseback riding lessons in a safe, fun, compassionate and relaxed environment.
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.
Blue Star Ranch (Saugus, CA)
Blue Star Ranch is an equine-assisted safety-net provider for mental health services with internationally recognized certification. The horses help veterans overcome known barriers to engaging and staying in treatment. They can help families in post deployment transition build resilience.
Blue Sky Ranch (Haysville, KS)
Blue Sky Ranch, located at the corner of 87th and Hydraulic St. outside of Haysville, KS is a Christ-centered ministry (501c3) dedicated to intentionally serving the community. The BSR Crew is committed to offering hope, healing, and newfound freedom to those who are hurting and broken. Our main priority and focus is working with young men (ages 14 – 19) without fathers in their lives. However, we wholeheartedly support our US military. Though we can never repay the brave men and women (and their families) who sacrifice so much for us, we can serve them through the mental health services and special events we offer.
Brave HEART Program (Hagerstown, MD)
An environment where veterans, military members, and their families come together to facilitate healing and strengthen relationships through equine interaction and outdoor activities in a peaceful farm setting.
BraveHearts Riding (Nationwide)
Since 2007, BraveHearts has been nationally recognized for providing equine-assisted services to veterans from the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin areas. BraveHearts has the largest equine-based program in the nation for military veterans comprised of riding, ground activities, and gentling wild mustangs. All services are offered at no cost to the veteran and one member of his/her family/caregiver. Services are provided through individual and group lessons. BraveHearts partners with local VAs to provide innovative, recreational services using horses.
Equine services provide emotional, cognitive, social and physical benefits for veterans. Veterans at BraveHearts have reported benefits including: increased self-esteem, self-worth, trust for others and community integration and decreased depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder attacks and self-inflicting thoughts.
Lessons operate in 5-7-week session blocks, allowing veterans to build on skills learned in previous weeks. Veterans are invited to participate in lessons up to two times weekly, at no cost. As veterans increase their horsemanship and involvement with BraveHearts additional opportunities including clinics with world-renowned horsemen. Trail rides, drill teams, retreats, foundation horsemanship, horse shows and even opportunities to become certified instructors, are available for veterans to participate in as well.
Building Bridges Foundation (Conestoga, PA)
Building Bridges Foundation at Anderson Farm is a non-profit that is dedicated to helping veterans, changing the lives of others. Doing such feats is not without expense. Since 2016, Building Bridges Foundation at Anderson Farm has been helping veterans and military members and their families, in all walks of life conquer their personal growth challenges, transforming struggles and burdens into opportunities.
Classic Equestrian 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, CB, and Equine Assisted Growth and Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. EAGALA Advanced Certified
Devil Dog Depot Equine Sanctuary and Rescue (Lufkin, TX)
We are a public charity licensed through the State of Texas. We provide sanctuary and rescue for all equine with mission to provide equine therapy retreats for trauma survivors of all ages. We are striving to become equine therapy retreat for trauma survivors. Directed by disabled female combat veteran and psychiatric registered nurse.
DLB Ranch Inc. (Cottonwood, CA)
Eagle's Nest Ranch - Healing Horses for the Armed Forces (Elizabeth, CO)
The Healing Horses for the Armed Forces program serves active duty and veteran service members as well as their family members. Sessions are open to the service member, their spouse, and their children free of charge.
Equine Escape (Goodrich, MI)
Welcome Home - There are many challenges for our veterans as they transition from military life to civilian life. One such challenge is forming relationships. Veterans may feel as if they are being judged based on their military actions or suffer from PTSD due to event(s) they had to participate in. The military recognizes that EAL may be a good choice for our veterans. EAL is a popular choice as it addresses many psychosocial factors that office-based therapy cannot. Some of the key domain the military recognizes as benefiting from EAL are physical, emotional, family relationships, social, spiritual and career (U.S. Army 2014) EAL allows a safe place to feel and address emotions through the human-animal bond. The herd mentality, prey animal instincts and unconditional acceptance of horses is why they work so well with our veterans. We look forward to giving back to our service men and women as we start this program in June 2017.
Equines for Freedom (Clarks Summit, PA)
Equines for Freedom (EFF) is a nonprofit organization treating active and former military personnel who are experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), no matter the source of the trauma. Utilizing one of the most effective treatments available, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), EFF has treated over 120 veterans and first responders to date.
Equine Spirit Programs (Queen Creek, AZ)
Equine Spirit Programs is a non-profit organization that connects rehabilitated horses with youth, adults, military veterans, corporate individuals or groups to promote self-discovery, personal growth and professional development.
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.
Fallen Heroes Family Camp (Springfield, TN)
Fallen Heroes Family Camp is a special place where the families of fallen heroes can come together, find joy and respite, solace and support, while enjoying common interests. Through the use of horses and outdoor activities, Fallen Heroes Family Camp strives to help military families shed their feelings of loss and put them on a road to healing. Here, they can take steps to gain focus on life again.
Flames to Hope (Noble, OK)
Flames to Hope, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to healing hearts and providing hope, love and laughter to people of all ages and abilities through equine assisted interventions and learning. Our unique programs are tailored for men, women and children of all ages and abilities. All our equines are rescued or adopted due to extenuating circumstances and rehabilitated to help those suffering from emotional traumas, disabilities illness or substance abuse and those just wanting to improve their communication, leadership, teamwork or reading skills. We believe every horse deserves a second chance and every person deserves a smile.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for horses and our military service men and women and others by bringing horses and people together through equine assisted interventions and learning.
Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary (NE Ohio)
The mission of Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary (“FAAAS”) is to provide safe refuge, purposeful rehabilitation and retirement aftercare for special needs horses and other animals to serve military veterans, children, families and seniors dealing with physical and emotional challenges. While our primary focus is horses, we do not discriminate against any animal or breed. All creatures in our care are treated humanely and with compassion. FAAAS is part of a national ad-hoc anti-slaughter network seeking a positive, permanent impact by advocating for animal welfare and humane treatment of equines and all animals.
In November 2017, our organization, Forever Amber Acres Animal Sanctuary, was certified to begin delivering vital services to military veterans and their families through EAGALA http://www.eagala.org/military. The EAGALA model is globally recognized as the gold standard in equine assisted therapy employing a unique, client-centered team approach to problem solving. Utilizing the horse as the primary facilitator guided by an Equine Specialist and a Mental Health Professional, clients successfully tackle emotional and physical challenges such as PTSD, which is particularly prevalent in our military veteran community.
Our program, one of the first of its kind in northeastern Ohio, launched in May 2018. Reaching this milestone will fulfill the vision our organization laid out nearly 10 years ago to purposefully rehabilitate our equine rescues in service to military veteran's, their family's and others who suffer emotionally. Because they are special needs themselves, our horses are uniquely suited to this noble cause.
Freedom Reins (Queen Creek, AZ)
Freedom Reins is a nonprofit, equine-assisted outreach promoting emotional health in the lives of United States veterans, active military personnel, first responders, people rescued from sex or labor trafficking, and women/girls who have dealt with abuse. Really ... anyone who is hurting!
Freedom Reins is not about riding, or horsemanship, it’s about gaining the tools to face life’s challenges from a place of calm, inner strength. We aren’t here to judge people's past, or place expectations on their future. We're simply meeting people where they are.
Freedom Riding (Oakton, VA)
Our mission is to support the treatment and healing of children who could benefit from any a variety of sensory-based engagements, often associated with a variety of conditions: such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, autism, cerebral palsy, dementia, depression, developmental delays, genetic disorders, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral issues, abuse issues, drug and alcohol addiction, and other mental health situations. Additionally, as a veteran -founded organization, we also have a special place in our hearts and days for veterans with post-traumatic stress pressures. Our program is meant to be used in conjunction with common clinical therapies.
Currently, we plan to offer rides on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday, by appointment.
Guiding Reins (North Carolina, South Carolina)
Guiding Reins is a non-profit equine-assisted wellness program utilizing equine-human interaction to promote self-awareness of mindset, demeanor and behavior to help veterans, military personnel and/or first responders affected by mental, physical, emotional trauma and/or challenges. We offer groundwork with horses in individual and group sessions up to 4 participants at a time as well as group events throughout the year with certified instructors leading the sessions. Our program is 16 weeks of 90-minute weekly visits by the participants with observations and evaluations conducted by physical and/or mental health therapists, if needed. Also, the farm-based locations of our program in North Carolina and South Carolina provide safe and private environments with kind and gentle horses, some of whom themselves have been rescued. Our programs are at no cost to military veterans.
Hanaeleh (Orange County, CA)
Hanaeleh offers a free, six-week Certified Equine Coaching program for U.S. military veterans.
Happi Farm (Southwest Ranches, FL)
Happi Farm provides horseback riding for American military veterans at no cost! If you are a veteran, please contact us and schedule a visit to enjoy a farm fun day.
Harmony Acres Equestrian Center (Fruita, CO)
Equine therapy can be a particularly powerful modality for veterans. It is offered in a safe, outdoor environment instead of the confines of an office; it incorporates the relationship with a non-judgmental animal; and it allows recovery from trauma without forcing veterans to re-experience traumatic events. Considering the high rates of suicide, hospitalization, and family break-ups that veterans are facing, we believe it is crucial to offer a form of therapy to veterans that actually works for them.
We are proud to work with multiple veterans in our programming and have many veterans serving as volunteers at our facility. Our goal is to be able to offer our services to veterans free of charge. If you are a veteran who might benefit from Equine Therapy, please contact us.
HEAL Foundation (Catlett, VA)
The HorsePower Equine Assisted Learning (HEAL) Foundation is located at HorsePower Farm in Catlett, Virginia. The 48 acre farm provides a private setting for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) in the D.C. metropolitan area. The mission of HEAL is to empower individuals and groups with a safe, professional, and therapeutic equine experience. HEAL supports the limitless emotional growth and healing potential created by the bond between horse and human. HEAL was created to provide equine assisted psychotherapy services (EAP) directly to our veterans and their families.
Healing Heroes with Horses (Deerfield, OH)
Healing Heroes with Horses offers multiple therapies along with professional counseling to help treat the wounds caused by trauma. Utilizing the horse's natural ability to heal, amplified by the well-known healing energy of Reiki.
Services to veterans are free of charge. All equine services are donated. All of the people associated with the equine part of our program volunteer all of their time. We raise funds to pay for the extra counseling if our clients with deeper trauma or PTSD find it helpful on their journey back to wellness.
Healing with Horsepower STAT! (Ligonier, PA)
STAT provides unique and beneficial horse-powered mental health, physical health, wellness services and is your corporate retreat destination. STAT's equine herd can be your prescription for healing or your work-optimized outing.
Heart and Soul Equine Foundation (Elgin, IL)
Heart & Soul Equine Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to provide therapy and healing for adults and children, using horses that are retired and rescued. We welcome military veterans and Soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Heart & Soul Equine Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit foundation designed to provide therapy and healing for adults and children, using horses that are retired and/or rescued. These horses will be cared for, nurtured and are trained by the foundation, to create a better quality of life for patients; addressing mental, physical and spiritual challenges. We will develop and improve human wellness through communication and rehabilitation, while providing a second career to retired race horses.
We provide a loving and safe environment for retired/rehab or rescued horses, while providing a good quality of life for these animals. These horses will offer a tremendous and beneficial service to our programs. It is a win, win for all involved.
Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors - Back in the Saddle Warriors (Onalaska, WA)
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)
The Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch offers a hands-on experience with horses to exceptional people of the Central San Joaquin Valley who have a severe physical disability. We also work with our nations heroes who have suffered a service-related injury or severe PTSD.
Heroes and Horses (Manhattan, MT)
Heroes and Horses based in Montana uses the remote wilderness to challenge, invoke change and develop new ways to approach and solve problems. By “change through challenge,” veterans can make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones in a three-phase program completed in one year that is a recovery program for veterans suffering with mental and physical scars. H &H uses horses and the remote wilderness as a tool to challenge veterans. Participants are given training in horsemanship and horse pack training. There are no out of pocket cost for veterans. Veterans are drawn from a combination of sources, including the American Legion, VA and various military hospitals. On each trip there will be one “wild card spot” for veterans from all over the nation to write in and share their story. Upon review the staff will chose one veteran to enter the Heroes and Horses program based on their written story.
HomeFront Equestrians, Inc. (Ware, MA)
Founded as a way of giving back to military families, HomeFront Equestrians, Inc. offers hands on horsemanship; from grooming and groundwork to riding and showing, we offer an in-depth program for military families in a fun, positive and educational environment.
H.O.O.V.E.S. Healing of Our Veterans through Equine Assisted Services
H.O.O.V.E.S. enlists rescue horses to help veterans transform Post Traumatic Stress into Post Traumatic Growth. H.O.O.V.E.S. saves the lives of both horses and heroes by informing, inspiring, and guiding veterans towards finding their purpose so they can improve their lives and the lives of their families. Through retreats and workshops with rescued horses, H.O.O.V.E.S. empowers veterans to WIN their battles
Hope Thru Horses (Parkton, NC)
Offering 8 free sessions (individual or couples) to active duty or veterans. Offering sessions to veterans and active duty service members free of charge!
Horseplay Farms, LLC, the home of Our Heroes, Inc. (Bolivia, NC)
Our Heroes, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded to improve the quality of life for individuals through the use of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), Equine Assisted Recreational Therapies, and Equine Assisted Activities.
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 and Heroes (Shawnee, KS)
Established in 2014, Horses & Heroes, Inc. and BOLD Horse Solutions offers trauma-recovery with the use of Equine Assisted Therapy. We specialize in trauma that has affected the brain, body, emotions, and behaviors including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for our Nation's Veterans, Active Military, First Responders, their spouses, and children at NO COST.
Horse Sense of the Carolinas (Marshall, NC)
Horse Sense of the Carolinas began working with veterans' organizations and groups in 2012, having specialized in 2003-2011 with issues of addiction, trauma, and depression/anxiety. Working with a general population of both adults and youth set us up to be well-informed when addressing the growing needs of our veterans.
Horse Sense offers:
- Equine assisted therapy sessions
Horses 4 Heroes (Las Vegas, NV and more)
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 for Heroes - New Mexico, Inc. (Santa Fe, NM)
Horses For Heroes - New Mexico, Inc. is a non-profit corporation. Cowboy Up! is a unique horsemanship, wellness and skill-set restructuring program based in Santa Fe, NM free to ALL post 9/11 veterans and active military (both men and women) especially those who have sustained PTSD*, physical injuries, or have experienced combat trauma during their time serving our country. From day one veterans are hands on with our horses beginning with groundwork and progressing to riding, as well as participating in other aspects of ranch life, including working cattle and more importantly experiencing the camaraderie with cowboys who are veterans themselves.
Sharing our experience, our strengths, and hopes we give veterans a new and vital mission where they can recuperate, recreate, and reintegrate into their communities. We believe that Horsemanship is Leadership and by assisting veterans through the way of the horse and cowboy culture, we are able to support their journey, integrating mind, body and spirit.
Horses That Heal, Inc. (Belton, TX)
Equine-assisted psychotherapy for active duty military and veterans.
Idaho Horse Therapy - USA Re-Boot Resort (Nampa, ID)
We provide a successful recovery program for anyone with anxiety, depression or other symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our integrated therapy models substantially increase the quality of life for children, teens at risk, victims of domestic violence, military veterans and anyone else suffering with PTSD and related conditions. USA Re-Boot Resort is a program of Idaho Horse Therapy, a non-profit organization and charity service organization that empowers injured veterans, others with PTSD symptoms and their families. Our program is completely FREE to soldiers and veterans.
Ironstone Farm Program for Combat Veterans (Andover, MA)
Veterans who have experienced trauma and face anxiety indicate Ironstone Farm's Veterans Experience has been better therapy for them than anything else they’ve attempted since returning from combat.
Join-Up International - Horse Sense and Healing (Solvang, CA)
The legendary “Horse Whisperer,” Monty Roberts, is running free, resilience-building workshops for veterans, police, fire, first responders and their families. The three-day program involves working closely with horses. The individuals and horses develop a special bond built upon mutual trust and respect. Join-Up offers everyone an effective tool to rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse. This self-awareness exercise deals effectively with emotional trauma, anti-social behavior and withdrawal, anger, stress, combat stress and even Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI).
Roberts holds two Ph.D.s in Behavioral Sciences. In these workshops, he demonstrates the deeply healing power of establishing a trusting relationship with horses without the use of force. With his soft-spoken, nurturing style, Roberts assists veterans as they learn to cause a partnership with the horse. After three transformational days, veterans can better understand how to control their anger, confront painful memories, cope with real-life situations and move on with their lives and relationships.
We have been working with persons suffering from PTSI, over the course of five separate recent clinics this year. The results are coming in, and the outcome is fantastic. We have people laughing and getting back to a normal life who have been afflicted with PTSI for upwards of 35 years.
All the way from Vietnam to Afghanistan, your local Police Station to the Ambulance Driver these injured heroes come home in a terrible state and need our help to reconnect with their communities. The horses are doing their work with incredible efficiency. Individuals are welcome to bring a spouse/significant other to attend the workshop with them.
Little Blessings Veteran Outreach (Northwest Ohio, Southeastern Michigan)
Little Blessings Veteran Outreach offers EAGALA certified equine therapy to military veterans and their families.
McKeever's First Ride
McKeever's First Ride, is an Adaptive Sports (horse riding and equine assisted activities) Clinic, offered across the U.S., through OPAF, the Orthotics and Prosthetics Assistance Fund. It is tailored to accommodate the needs of children and adults who utilize prosthetic limbs or orthotic devices. Participants attend the cost-free clinic, to experience the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of being around horses, learning about the Spirit of the horse, and fellowshipping with others who know the challenge of being differently abled!
The mission of McKeever's First Ride clinics, is to showcase the powerful physical and emotional benefits of working with horses to: amputees, veterans, and children and adults faced with physical challenges, spinal cord injuries, disabilities, and chronic diseases. It is also open to their families and loved ones, because EVERYONE benefits from the warmth, affection, touch, and comfort of a horse or pony!
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.
Mustang Heritage Foundation - Veterans and Mustangs (Round Rock, TX)
The Veterans & Mustangs program connects active-duty military and veterans with wild horses in an effort to help both the participant and the animal.
With the help and guidance of an MHF trainer, participants spend approximately 30 days gentling a previously untouched horse. Through the gentling process, participants also basic horse care and management.
The goal of the program is to help veterans lead more productive lives while helping an animal in need. After the completion of the program, the horses are available for adoption by the participant or placed into private care.
New Freedom Farm (Buchanan, VA)
New Freedom Farm is a nonprofit community farm located in Buchanan, Virginia. The farm exists to aid veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other conditions by using the therapeutic activity of interacting with equines, farming, and peer-to-peer support. The end goal is to empower individuals and help them heal by realizing their efforts and contributions.
New Freedom Farm heals heroes through horses by offering veterans and first responders space and confidence to develop deep friendships through equine activity and gentling, fostering physical, emotional, and spiritual health, assisting individuals with reintegration into civilian life.
Veterans, first responders, and their families are welcome at New Freedom Farm.
Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center (NWNHC Family Fund) (Fall City, WA)
Warrior Family Retreat
There are many military programs to help warriors transition from the battlefront to the homefront, but the families are often left to deal with deployment challenges on their own. Through the Warrior Family Retreats, families of military personnel who have been deployed overseas can get away to the country for a weekend retreat and family healing time.
Since 2010 the program has helped military families address the transition challenges experienced by their soldier or sailor returning from a long separation and the realities of war. Husbands and wives work with certified equine-assisted therapists to learn new life skills and reconnect as loving partners. Children get the opportunity to share their deployment experiences with peers and art therapists. Everyone enjoys stress-free, fun time handling and riding horses and making a lifetime of memories.
All family lodging and meal expenses are paid for through generous contributions to the NWNHC Family Fund.
Operation Equine (Broomfield, CO)
Proudly helping military, veteran, and emergency responder families reconnect and heal through the power of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Operation Equine is a team of experienced and dedicated professionals whose mission is to provide a safe haven for those who serve our communities, our country, and to all those who support and care for those individuals.
Operation Horses and Heroes (Gilberts, IL and Adrian, MI)
Operation Horses and Heroes, Inc. is a not for profit corporation providing an intensive, multi-day EAP program that immerses the individual and families in the world of the horse. Using a variety of activities, beginning from simple care and grooming to powerful therapy sessions, the full days are filled with opportunities for personal growth and learning while providing ample time to bond with others who have shared similar experiences from their military careers. No prior horse experience is needed and all work is done on the ground as there is no riding involved. Through this program all experience positive change to move forward with a greater sense of accomplishment and outlook for what lies ahead. There is ongoing support and resources available after the program.
Our mission is to provide a dynamic program as a powerful alternative for military personnel, veterans and family members going through their journey of self discovery utilizing the power of the horse.
Otra Mas (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
Otra Mas Equine Assisted Therapy and Equine Assisted Learning provides specialized services for individuals and families coping with the challenges of military life. We address issues such as separation, reintegration and conditions like PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and sexual trauma. Our licensed clinical therapists can help. We offer sponsorships for active and retired military and their families. We accept Tri Care.
PATH International Equine Services for Heroes (Nationwide)
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 locate a PATH-participating facility in your area, use the criteria of Veterans Programs or PATH International Equine Services for Heroes programs with this LINK from PATH.
NOTE: There are many PATH programs for military veterans across the USA, so be sure to visit their website. In fact, there are so many, that I am unable to list them here on Operation We Are Here, so be sure to check them out!
Peace Ranch (Traverse City, MI)
Peace Ranch offers EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) which incorporates horses for emotional growth and learning.
Peace Ranch partners with local and government agencies to serve veterans with combat stress, re-entry issues, PTSD, MST, and other military trauma issues. Services are free of charge to all veterans and their families.
We serve veterans from 32 counties north and west of Saginaw. In addition to equine therapy we offer peer support services, recovery groups, life support, and training.
Pegasus Rising (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
Our Equine Assisted Experiential Health Therapy (EAT) program is specifically designed to provide assistance to our U.S. military personnel, as well as their families, in readjusting back into their family and civilian lives. Many of our returning service members are being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and our program can definitely help heal these service members too. By interacting with our herd as equals, without any form of domination, our program helps military personnel reconnect with their civilian lives in a natural and fun way. Click here to learn more about the organizations and individuals that provide inspiration and support for EAT.
Pennsylvania Warhorse (Bethel, PA)
Pennsylvania Warhorse’s mission is to assist active military / veterans, first responders, and their families suffering from invisible, psychological wounds by providing confidential, action-based, equine-assisted therapy initiating immediate and empowering changes.
Quantum Leap Farm (Odessa, FL)
Programs are available for:
- Active military-transitions within service
- Inactive military or veterans-transition to civilian life
- Military spouses and family members
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.
Reins of Hope (Ojai, Santa Barbara, Malibu, CA)
Reins of H.O.P.E., located in scenic Ojai, California, is a non-profit organization serving the community by offering an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program to at-risk youth, families, individuals and groups. We partner with horses as an experiential form of therapy, emphasizing the unique needs of each individual to promote growth and learning about themselves and how changes in their behavior, thoughts and feelings can bring change in their lives.
Our H.O.P.E. for WARRIORS program serves active military members, their families and veterans using equine assisted psychotherapy at no cost.
Renewed Spirits (North Alabama)
Renewed Spirits provides low cost or free mental health services and support to our veterans through equine-assisted services and EMDR.
The mission of Renewed Spirits is to offer therapy, using primarily equine assisted activities, to underserved clients with various physical, cognitive and emotional issues, and provide them with the opportunity to experience wellness, enhance life skills, and discover purpose. Renewed Spirits is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing quality mental health services, personal growth and educational opportunities for children and adults, utilizing horses. Renewed Spirits uses volunteers to clean and muck the stalls and, as the program grows, will utilize volunteers whenever necessary to minimize administrative costs.
River Cities Therapy and Recreation Center, Inc. (Milton, WV)
River Cities Therapy and Recreation Center, Inc. in Milton, WV is pleased to be a part of the nationwide program Horses for Heroes, Inc. whose mission is to make horseback riding affordable for, an accessible to our local heroes—veterans and their families.
The Horses for Heroes, Inc. program was created to give active duty military personnel, returning combat veterans, wounded warriors and their families the opportunity to ride a horse for free! We want them to ride a horse and experience the special bond and friendship of horses.” We are pleased to be able to offer this program to our local veterans and their families as our way of saying thank you for their service to our country. “
Rock On Veterans (Georgetown, TX)
ROCK (Ride On Center for Kids) offers ROCK On Veterans, a program for active duty service members and veterans partnering with horses and veteran volunteers. The goal of this program is to improve the lives of servicemen and women who have suffered injury in the line of duty, helping them adjust physically and emotionally to their post-war lives. The cost for veterans and service members to participate in the ROCK On Veterans programs are 100% covered through fundraising efforts and grants.
Saddles in Service (Descanso, CA)
Saddles In Service at Storm Son's Ranch is a veteran founded non-profit promoting wellness and healing for our Heroes and Horses at absolutely no cost to participants!
Who are our Heroes? They are active duty military, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders.
Through the Saddles In Service program our Heroes and Horses learn to trust one another through care, groundwork, and riding. We challenge our Heroes to be vulnerable and reach deep inside themselves, to face their fears and doubts. It is our hope that our Heroes will be able to discover new strengths in their healing process.
S.A.D.L.E.S. Ranch, Inc. - Code H.O.R.S.E. (Umatilla, FL)
Our program is dedicated to active duty, former military and retired veterans and their families. During this time we will share with you how to learn to be calm, at peace and at ease with our exclusive CODE H.O.R.S.E program.
This unique program developed by its founder is based on the outcomes from a two and one half year pilot research study designed and co-facilitated by Cher Myers, founder of S.A.D.L.E.S. Ranch, Inc. and U.C.F., College of Medicine. No horse experience is required.
Our programs include:
- Military Mondays & Tactical Tuesdays
- Individual, Small Group & Family Equine Therapy
- 8 Week group equine therapy program
- 3-4 Day nature based equine therapy programs including spouses/significant others
- Monthly support groups for the parents & spouses/significant others of deployed military
- Individual and Family Counseling
- Our goal is to serve our military veterans and their families through nature based equine therapy and activities, research and education.
- Many of our military rode horses into war, now they are bring our military home. Watch this video to learn more about equine therapy and CODE H.O.R.S.E.
Saratoga WarHorse (Saratoga Springs, NY and Aiken, SC)
Saratoga WarHorse is a nonprofit organization assisting veterans who are suffering from invisible, psychological wounds by providing a confidential, peer-to-peer, action based, equine-assisted experience that initiates immediate and empowering changes.
Saratoga WarHorse offers veterans a three-day experience that has proven to be effective and invaluable for those struggling to adjust to life after military service. The program is provided at no cost to the veterans.
Second Chance Rehabilitation Ranch (Locust Grove, AR)
Second Chance Rehabilitation Ranch is committed to creating better tomorrows by building community, encouraging peer support, combating isolation, exposure to healthy and healing outdoor activities, providing resources, and preventing veteran and first responder suicides. Programs include: Healing Retreats, Horsemanship for Heroes, and Saddle Up, Let's Ride.
Semper Fi Fund Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program
The Semper Fi Fund’s Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, as a part of Team Semper Fi, provides riding and horsemanship clinics across the nation to wounded service members and their families.
Spring Reins of Life (Clinton, NJ)
Spring Reins of Life's military programs are divided into two sections – Operation Horse and Coming HOME. All services within SROL are funded and free of charge to military service members and their families.
http://www.springreinsoflife.org/operation-horse/ - The goal of Operation Horse (O.H.) is to assist warriors in developing coping skills to deal with traumatic experiences and foster wellness on their own terms. Combat veterans who are dealing with high level stressors post deployment as well as reintegration / retirement stages can benefit greatly from this program. http://www.springreinsoflife.org/coming-home/ - Coming HOME is a specifically designed workshop program for members of the armed forces (active duty, reservists, and veterans) and their families. Military families face challenges that civilian families don’t. In the case of OIF and OEF families, there are even higher stressors than that of previous wars. Sometimes, the happiness of coming home is replaced by strain as conflict arises as the family attempts to re-integrate.
Coming HOME offers sessions to military couples, families and groups. We provide carefully considered activities with our horses that are explorative and supportive in nature to aid service members and their families with difficult transitions typically associated with military life. Ground based exercises with the horses are designed to mimic real life issues. This allows the warriors, their family members and the facilitators to “see” where the challenges are and find solutions that work. This process quickly creates situations that will highlight unhealthy patterns and personal strengths or weaknesses. At the same time, pathways for new and more solid ways to relate and communicate can be re-enacted. A facilitated process, such as this, can serve as an intervention for relationship distress and impairment.
Stat Inc. - Ligonier Therapeutic Center (Ligonier, PA)
STAT Inc is a recognized nonprofit organization designed to thank our military, law enforcement and firefighter personnel by providing equine therapy for free to those who have become disabled either emotionally or physically. We offer an all terrain Track Chair for anyone who cannot ambulate but who wants to go out into our pastures to interact with our herd.
We provide hippotherapy for free to veterans or disabled children of a veteran. Hippotherapy is a modality utilizing a horse as the therapy tool to improve movement and sensory stimulation. The therapy is provided by a licensed physical therapist, occupational therapist or a speech pathologist.
We also offer a 24-hour class called the EQuine Affect. The EQuine Affect is a strength based, resiliency focused protocol developed at STAT to help build skills and learning alongside horses. This program has been proven to improve well-being and self-control. Activities with the horses will teach participants: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, empathy, social skills and much more.
Our unique program also rescues, adopts, rehabilitates and trains horses to use in our equine therapy program for humans.
Our organization provides equine therapy and horseback riding lessons in a safe, fun, compassionate and relaxed environment. We open our doors to our expansive facilities on a total of 160 acres that includes 15 equines, 6 mental health professionals including behavioral specialists, family therapists, psychologist and 3 equine specialists trained and certified in EAGALA and OK Corral Series.
In 2021, STAT has provided no-cost services to 52 Veterans, gifting over 220 hours of services to give back and to thank our military and first responders for their sacrifices.
The Big Red Barn Retreat (Blythewood, SC)
The Big Red Barn Retreat is a 501(c)(3) and strives to create a peaceful, nurturing, therapeutic haven in a natural setting to provide a feeling of peace, tranquility and a sense of connection and stability for those in need. We service those suffering from PTSD and other combat related stress issues. We currently offer equine assisted psychotherapy and therapeutic yoga. For more information, visit our website at www.thebigredbarnretreat.org Equine Assisted Psychotherapy - The BRB Retreat partners with Pathways Growth and Learning Center, an approved tri-care mental health provider, to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). EQP is the practice of using horses in a therapy session with a licensed therapist and a horse professional to address mental & behavioral heath issues. Participants partner with the horse in activities, and by doing so, become aware of patterns and beliefs that are getting in the way to finding effective solutions to problems or issues in their lives. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, contact Pathways at (803) 403-8469 or visit www.thebigredbarnretreat.org for more information.
The Equus Effect (Sharon, CT)
The Equus Effect offers a unique equine-based five-session program (offered for five consecutive weeks for 1/2 day each session.) for veterans, their families and caregivers.
The Homestretch (for veterans only) is a peer-to-peer program that meets you wherever you are on your journey back to life at home, work and school. These sessions are designed to address whatever issues and concerns are 'up' for you when you arrive at the farm.. We help make successful relationships possible by using the basic principles of natural horsemanship. These principles…also called 'horse whispering' involve gaining trust through emotional honesty, learning how to set healthy boundaries and communicating with clarity. Working this way with horses can help you…
- Build emotional and mental resilience
- Communicate more effectively
- Experience for yourself that true power comes with finesse not force
We can show you how to BE better… not just DO better…in life.
Warriors in Transition (for veterans and their loved ones) is a confidential program for veterans who want to focus on the more personal aspects of relationships at home. This program helps accelerate the transition from military to civilian life for all members of the family. Just like the 'round table', our round pen is a place where everyone can be seen and heard. Our equine coaches can show you how to ask for space, rebuild trust, restore healthy boundaries and communicate in a way that works. We can also help show you how to lead without force and relax without losing awareness.
- Communicate more effectively
- Ask for space without getting angry
- Collaborate rather than control
- Make sense out of your emotions
- Relax and enjoy the connection to those you love
Veteran Mentor Program - Once you've completed enough sessions to understand the basic principles of non-verbal communication with our horses, you're eligible to earn a Certificate in Natural Horsemanship I and join our network of veterans liaisons. This aspect of our program is about serving others and helping new vets get acclimated to the farm and comfortable working with horses. Our aim is to build an authentic community where vets can BE better together…not just DO better on their own.
Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa (West Alabama)
Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa is a program that provides equine assisted therapies and therapeutic riding activities to veterans and their families in the West Alabama area.
We receive regular referrals from our local Tuscaloosa Veterans Administration Medical Center, as well as from the community. We provide a psychotherapy program that utilizes the VA's Cognitive Processing Therapy protocol and adds the element of working with horses to the program. We work from a therapy manual that is currently being researched as to its effectiveness in adding to and improving recovery rates over the standard office based CPT protocol.
Although we are in a position to bill the VA as a licensed provider, I do accept TRICARE, and we encourage a small donation to the program at the time of services, we never turn away a veteran for lack of ability to make a financial contribution.
We serve not only the veterans, but the spouses and children as well, knowing that living with a veteran who is returning from combat is often a difficult experience. We try to facilitate the transition from combat to home by supporting the entire family as they adjust to the soldier's return to home.
The RIDE Foundation (Reedley, CA)
The RIDE Foundation, recovery in deserving equine, is a dual-mission 501c3 nonprofit. We utilize the training process of wild unadaptable mustang horses to help those with emotional challenges. Throughout our veteran program participants learn emotional control, leadership, relationship building, trust and many other valuable lessons that transfer into every day life.
“The RIDE Foundation and its staff have been the most accommodating and special experience every time I have visited them. Their work with veterans is priceless and I cannot say enough great things about this foundation. If you can get an opportunity to visit them do not pass it up!” - Jason
Unbridled Joy Therapeutic Riding (Bealeton, VA)
Unbridled Joy is a local Therapeutic riding program that works with autistic and blind children, veterans, and those with disabilities from physical to emotional. We are working locally with The American Legion, VFW, Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, and the Moose Lodge.
Veteran's Club (Shelbyville, KY)
This program is designed to create a safe and secure place for veterans and their families to work through PTSD, TBI, and other life issues using EAM/EAL (Equine assisted mentoring/Equine assisted learning).
Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services (V.E.T.S.) (New London, CT)
V.E.T.S. provides a serene place for military veterans to go that provides therapeutic healing through equine-related activities by highly skilled instructors, staff and trained volunteers.
V.E.T.S. exists with the goal to provide our services at no charge to our clients. Some of our volunteers and staff are veterans themselves, and understand the challenges veterans face reintegrating into domestic life after experiencing the psychological trauma and physical wounds of war or life after service.
V.E.T.S. is totally supported by your donations and our volunteers. Please use the link below to financially support our efforts that allow us to bring services to our veterans at no charge to them ever.
Veterans Healing Farm (Hendersonville, NC)
Veterans Healing Farm is partnering with Heart of Horse Sense to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. This holistic approach provides veterans an opportunity to rebuild their ability to connect with themselves and others, learn self-acceptance and exhibit more empathy with family and friends.
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.
Veterans Therapy Haven (Stratford, OK)
Failure is not something we are accustomed to at the Veterans Therapy Haven. Every veteran is individual, everyone has the right to be helped. By utilizing pioneering techniques and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted Learning and Veterans Administration PTSD Recovery Program the results are incredible.
A new haven is in preparation to be built in central Oklahoma. State of the art facilities and therapy rooms, 50 acres of rural beauty creating a peaceful sanctuary for all that visit.
Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship (Central Pennsylvania)
Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship has been founded to provide veterans in central Pennsylvania a much needed equine therapy program. Studies have repeatedly shown that therapeutic riding has a massive positive effect on combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and coping with pain and physical injuries. Through working with horses we aim to empower our veterans and offer a gratifying outlet in which to work through their ailments.
War Horse Ranch
Our goal at War Horse Ranch, LLC is to provide our nation's heroes with experiential alternative solutions designed to help reintegration and reunification. We want to "pay it forward" through hard work, dedication, commitment and community service. War Horse Ranch wants to see more "therapeutic" locations and availabilities to our veterans. We want to bridge the gap between the Vietnam veterans and OEF/OIF/OND veterans. While we are primarily focusing on OEF/OIF/OND veterans, we are fully aware of the ongoing emotional injuries of veterans from other wars, conflicts and theaters. We want to invite any veteran to reach out. If you suffer, please know there are people who are willing to help. Your journey may be just what a younger veteran needs to hear in order to manage their own demons. Please don't hesitate to become involved.
War Horse Ranch, LLC has goals of reaching out to all veterans, their immediate family members and their community. You have not been forgotten, NO SOLDIER LEFT BEHIND...on or off the battlefield.
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.
Warrior Camp by TRR, Inc. (New York, NY)
The mission of Warrior Camp® is to create an environment in which the trauma of war can be addressed. Warrior Camp (WC) is a week-long retreat located in serene and secluded locations that foster the development of a close-knit community within which healing can occur. They include a healthy balance of trauma therapy, relaxation and leisure activities.
Warrior Camp® is a FREE program for active military and veterans of all eras.
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 campfire 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.
Veterans for Mustangs
We are forming a coalition of veterans to save the iconic American Mustang. Veterans for Mustangs aims to offer a solution that will preserve the mustang, the wild lands where they roam, and our unique American heritage. We love our country and her unique heritage, and this page is dedicated to preserve and protect both the Mustang, and the beauty of the United States of America by ending the brutal helicopter roundups.
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