To deliver the highest quality of equine-assisted therapies to veterans struggling with PTSD and individuals with special needs while conducting research to identify effective practices and disseminate that knowledge to industry practitioners.
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.
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.
Initiatives are conducted across both the Heavenly Hooves program (researching autism) and the Horses and Heroes (PTSD) programs. 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.