With so many forms of therapy available to veterans facing physical and emotional challenges, you might ask, “Why horses?” The answer is simple: horses are uniquely suited to help build physical and emotional strength.
The multi-dimensional movement of the horse re-creates the human gait more effectively than any other means of physical therapy. Horses are also dynamic, sensitive animals that communicate through the subtle use of body language. They respond to emotional situations giving immediate, honest feedback without judgement but with unconditional acceptance.
Equine-assisted therapy allows a safe place to feel and address emotions through the human-animal bond. The military recognizes Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) as a good choice for veterans, noting its benefits as physical, emotional, family, relationships, social, spiritual, and career (U.S. Army 2014).
Our program rescues, adopts, rehabilitates, and trains horses for use in our Rise Up equine therapy program. These horses are uniquely suited to this noble cause.