OPERATION: TAKE THE REINS
Partnering with horses to help build relationships, reduce stress and regain quality of life
FREE to all Veterans & Service Members!
2018 SESSION DATES
Spring Session: Wednesdays, May 2 - June 6
Summer Session: Mondays, July 16 - August 13
Fall Session: tbd, September 10 - October 15
The benefits of being around horses are numerous and proven. OPERATION: Take the Reins gives participants the chance to learn new skills while improving overall wellness. The connection made between participants and our horses is a powerful experience that enhances self-awareness and promotes growth. Horses provide a natural way to build trust and give honest feedback regarding personal feelings and emotions that may not otherwise surface.
YOUR EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:
Participation in activities such as herd observation, horse handling, grooming, and other ground based activities helps establish a partnership between you and your horse while decreasing stress and anxiety.
All sessions are facilitated by an EAGALA Certified Mental Health Professional and an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist Professional. Our professionals will offer you an alternative way to learn and grow in partnership with horses and your team in a safe, caring, supportive and natural environment.
Schedule to bring a group of 5-10 veterans for a 3 hour field trip. This outing includes ground based exercises, grooming, tacking, and finishes off with a short riding lesson.
PATH Certified Instructors will guide you through the basics of horsemanship- from grooming and tacking to horse care and horseback riding. Each riding lesson is adapted to the participants specific needs and abilities.
Weekly sessions will be conducted by a team of EAGALA Certified Professionals, comprised of a licensed mental health professional and an equine specialist. These sessions can be helpful in addressing numerous issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, stressful relationships, communication needs and boundary issues.