HorseAbility For Heroes

HorseAbility for Heroes assists military veterans through the use of equine-facilitated approaches/interventions. The healing that occurs for each individual flows into other areas of a persons’ life including relationships with family and community. The skills learned and relationships built with our horses allows participants to work on:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Grief Issues
  • Panic Attacks/Anxiety
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Identity Problems
  • Many other difficulties

Active military personnel and veterans are invited to join us as program participants and/or volunteers. Our HorseAbility for Heroes is part of a national program through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International.

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country, has earned them our lasting gratitude.” ~ Jeff Miller

Activities Offered

Participants in the program may partake in activities including but not limited to:

  • Ground Activities
  • Grooming
  • Therapeutic Riding
  • Hippotherapy

Based on comprehensive assessments, individualized treatment plans will be formulated to meet the needs of each participant.

Mission of HorseAbility

HorseAbility’s mission is to offer a wide range of horse-related programs for people with special needs and their families to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being of its participants. HorseAbility for Heroes shares the passion, love, and miracles that horses have to offer with military personnel.

Benefits of HorseAbility for Heroes

Activities are designed to help bridge the transition from combat to civilian life including family, social community, work, and religion.

The healing process occurs on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Our program/sessions are facilitated by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

Relationships built with horses promote the connection between intuition and feelings which carry over into association with family and community.

Refreshment of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength in a calm, tranquil setting that allows for healing and growth to occur.

Time spent with our horses offers a unique activity within a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere that enhances health, independence and personal well-being.

As a Participant

Participants directly benefit from the program by partaking in the equine-facilitated activities. Equine-assisted therapy incorporates therapeutic riding with experiential psychotherapy concepts to encompass life issues with those that may arise during time working with our horses. Treatment plans are developed incorporating both therapeutic and personal goals.

As a Volunteer

Volunteers assist participants through horse handling, leading and/or sidewalking with riders, and offer support to staff, horses and participants. Volunteers with military background and/or strong horsemanship skills are ideal.

The HorseAbility for Heroes Staff

Our horses are specially trained and all equipment is adapted to meet the individual needs of our participants. Staff and volunteers work closely with each individual to assure success.

  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Professionals in the field of Therapeutic Riding/Recreation
  • Equine Professionals
  • Volunteers
  • Horses
  • Veterans