Vision

McCormick's vision is to reduce Veteran suicidal rates and strengthen families who include an individual with special needs by expanding access to effective equine-assisted therapies worldwide. The organization works towards this goal while delivering the highest quality of equine-assisted therapies locally, conducting research in partnership with UCF College of Medicine, and disseminating knowledge to industry practitioners and investors.
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Heavenly Hooves

Doctors said some would never walk, and now they do. Riders who could not speak, chatter away. Some who had not a single friend, now have many. Approximately 100 clients attend a weekly class to work on strength, coordination, communication, balance, and sensory processing. Many require full financial assistance. Scholarships are awarded to students based on need.

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Horses & Heroes

Horses help Veterans reconnect in a foreign world and rediscover a sense of purpose. A certified therapeutic riding instructor facilitates group sessions that include both mounted activities and ground work. Group and individual counseling sessions are available to Veterans diagnosed with PTSD. A licensed mental health professional utilizes horses as a therapeutic tool to support the clients goals. Program activities are designed to improve mental health and foster successful relationships in a civilian society.

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Research

Initiatives are conducted across both the Heavenly Hooves program (researching  autism) and the Horses & Heroes (PTSD) program. In partnership with the University of Central Florida School of Medicine, evidence-based research is conducted with the goal of producing research, identifying best practices, and designing the most impactful treatments for Veterans struggling with PTSD and individuals with autism.

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About McCormick

4651 Rummell Road
St. Cloud, FL 34771
407-933-7433 (RIDE)
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