This summer we will be offering a program structured by PATH, Int. called Horses for Heroes, locally called Freedom Reins with the intent to serve OIF and OEF (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan) Veterans. The goal of this experience is to increase self-esteem, empathy, and a sense of responsibility through the relationship with the horse. This program will also help improve posture, balance, symmetry, and muscle control through the rhythmic movement of the horse, give riders self-confidence through the leadership they exhibit with their mount and encourage a new visual perspective of independence.
“Working with horses helps Veterans to get back in touch with humanity again, Touching another life form that is an American Icon, representing Power, Strength and Nobility – to make friends with that develops self-esteem where the Veteran can go to touching a horse to shaking hands with another Veteran in that combat trust bond and from there then they can move into other areas of life – Reintegration.”
~ Sgt.Brandi, USMC