Free Rein introduced a Military Horsemanship Program beginning in 2013. This program offers military veterans the chance to participate in horsemanship and therapeutic riding lessons with their peers in a safe and nurturing environment. To increase opportunities available for veterans, Free Rein is participating in the partnership between the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Click on the logo to the left for more information on Equine Services for Heroes from PATH International.
The benefits of the Military Horsemanship Program
The movement of the horse’s gait at a walk is similar to a human’s walking motion. The horse’s simulated gait can assist wounded military/veterans to strengthen specific muscle groups, which may ultimately aid the participant as he or she relearns how to walk or use prostheses.
The ranch and classroom setting provides a safe and peaceful environment for wounded military and veterans to share issues and fears. They bond in a non-judgmental atmosphere with fellow veterans, the equines and volunteers.
Wounded military and veterans working with and around horses learn the proper sequence of completing tasks to ensure that the horses remain cooperative and responsive. Good judgment is needed in making decisions during activities around the horse and when riding or participating in other EAAT. The order and directions required to develop riding skills are familiar strategies to veterans and wounded military personnel.
Bonding with a large animal can be emotionally satisfying and comforting. Wounded military and veterans have found a great deal of relief in the grooming of a horse. The repetitive motion proves soothing to individuals with anxiety issues.
If you have questions about our Military Horsemanship Program, please contact us.
You can download a copy of the Military Horsemanship Rider Packet by clicking on the following links: