This program is provided at no cost to participants and is specifically designed for veterans, active duty military, law enforcement personnel, first responders and their families. We offer hope and healing in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our staff personalizes each participants goals according to their individual needs and offers the opportunity to improve their physical, mental and emotional health. The unique challenges created by years of service, military training, combat and moral injury are all considered very carefully. Working with our horses offers the opportunity to reduce stress, anxiety depression, anger, isolation and the effects of PTSD. Equine activities offer the participant strategies for healing broken relationships and a more successfully integrating into society after the wounds of war, or years of being on the job, may have left them feeling isolated.
“Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship is a shining example of the kind of initiatives that will help to reintegrate our veteran into civilian life, combat the effects of PTSD and effectively reduce the rates of homelessness and of suicide.” – L. Neumann – HVVTF
A recent study by the Columbia College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin documented that in just 6 weeks of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) veterans suffering from the challenges of PTSD showed a remarkable 67% improvement in only 3 weeks and an 87% improvement in only 6 weeks of working with horses!
Horses 4 Heroes participants can choose from two tracks:
- Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Learning (TI-EAL) – Focuses on overcoming personal challenges through principles of horsemanship and teaching strategies to successfully overcome the affects of trauma, depression, anxiety and toxic stress. Sessions are facilitated by a PATH Intl Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning.
- Trauma Informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TI-EAP) – Focuses on overcoming personal challenges through principles of horsemanship as well as healing the affects of trauma, depression, anxiety or toxic stress. Sessions are facilitated by a PATH Intl Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Clinical fees for this service are paid by most medical insurances.
Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship is a proud Member of the Hudson Valley Veteran Task Force. The 100 participating organizations continually inspire us to strive to do more to improve the lives of veterans, active military members, first responders and their families. We are 100% dedicated to doing all we can to reduce and even eliminate homelessness, substance abuse, broken relationships, joblessness and the high suicide rates among these populations.