Therapeutic riding lesson
Equine Therapy for Veterans
A young nurse with Mercury Blues

Therapeutic Riding

PATH Intl Certified Riding Instructors, specially trained horses and volunteers work together to provide the highest quality experience for both children and adults with a wide variety of special needs, These may include autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, CP, MS, TBI, developmental or cognitive disorders, hearing or sight impaired and more.

The physical act of riding improves balance, posture, trunk control, spacial awareness, motor function, strength and coordination. Other benefits include increased attention, communication skills, speech and social skills.

Horses 4 Heroes

This program 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." - HVVTF Member

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!

Hope for Healers

During the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare workers suffered tremendous physical and emotional strain as they struggled with the immensity of what they were witnessing. This left many feeling helpless, hopeless, emotionally drained and believing that they would never be the same. Through equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT), conducted by Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning and licensed counselors, we will work with each participant to help them bond with our specially trained equines and open the door to healing and wholeness once again. EAAT has been documented through evidence based research to restore a sense of hope and purpose that helps a person to heal at a much faster rate than traditional therapies alone.


Ever wonder what Hippotherapy is? Here is a small sample from one of our sessions this week. Dr.Teri Whynman, PT, is working with 4 yo Harper on her postural control, balance and strength. The 3 dimensional movement of the horse greatly enhances her physical therapy treatment as she changes position, reaches, stretches and crosses mid-line.

Posted by Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship on Friday, July 31, 2020
Hippotherapy Session in progress with Dr. Teri Whynman

Hippotherapy is conducted by a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Victory Hill TH. This program is best suited for ages two and a half to eight years old and ideal for children whose physician has recommended physical or occupational therapy. Strengthens muscle groups, improves balance, coordination, spacial/body awareness, postural control and both large and fine motor skills.

Vocational Training

Here at Victory Hill Therapeutic Horsemanship we offer teens and adults the opportunity to receive job training in a variety of areas. The hope is that they can then take these skills with them to help secure successful employment. Broad job skills include prioritizing tasks, following multi-step instructions, having a boss, good communication, self-advocacy, relating to and getting along with co-workers. Participants can also learn about stable management, horse care, farm animal care (sheep, goats, donkeys, chickens, ducks, dogs and cats). Programs are individually designed to meet the needs and goals of each participant.