Horses Helping Heroes Project
Proudly Serving Veterans Facing Challenges
2016 Spirit of Hope Award Recipient
September 28, 2016
Winston Churchill once said "there is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man". While the therapeutic value of horses has been recognized for centuries their wide scale use as a therapeutic tool for veterans with special needs and disabilities is relatively recent.
In 2006, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in conjunction with the Army's Caisson Platoon, implemented a pilot program for soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan using the horses from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment at Ft. Myer, VA. The improvement in balance, muscle strength, posture, self-esteem and self-confidence seen during this pilot resulted in the creation of the Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Program which continues today. These same improvements served as the catalyst for the development of the HORSES HELPING HEROES PROJECT.
We are honored to make this free ground-breaking program available to military and first responder veterans with special needs and disabilities, residing in the Hampton Roads and Tidewater regions of Virginia.
We thank our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices.
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Please view this wonderful video about our program made by the prestigious FEI and sponsored by Rolex.
We thank them for their interest and support.