WHERE THE HURTING COME TO HEAL
HORSES SPIRITS HEALING
When a veteran spends time with a horse, an intimate connection happens that gives them the ability to heal.
Veteran family members also find healing in the time spent with a horse and their loved ones.
FROM HEALING TO EMPOWERMENT
Robert Crandall, SSG USA Retired
“Working with the horse requires trust which comes with awareness and good communication. As part of my PTSD, I struggle with all of them. Being alert to what is going on with the horse is helping me develop my awareness of others and myself. This leads to better communication which — with time and practice — leads to trust.”
The confidence that the HSHI personnel impart to me has helped me be more confident and comfortable. The result is I am making commitments, being responsible and involved. I am gaining control of my decisions and am more willing to be a part of the group.”
YOUR SUPPORT WORKS HARD FOR VETERANS
“For some Veterans, this is exactly what they’re needing. The human-animal interaction/modality works incredibly well for those Veterans who have become very guarded or cynical towards other human beings over the course of traumatic life experiences. It seems to allow these Veterans a safe entry-point into accessing VA therapeutic services where they can learn to let down their guard and begin the healing process.”
– Michael J. Kurtz, PsyD, MSCP, Psychologist/Supervisor Billings VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
“Ask anyone who has spent time on a horse — the connection is intimate. And, undeniable. Horse. Human. Bond. The ability to heal follows.” — Chris Rubich, Equine Spirit, Magic City Magazine.
Horses Spirits Healing Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, partners PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified equine riding instructors with military veterans suffering from psychological trauma and physical disabilities. HSHI strives to aid our military heroes in their journey of healing. Our program is structured to offer all veterans the opportunity to connect with horses regardless of their experience. Some veterans may find it calming to simply groom a horse, while others may enjoy the horse’s gentle gait or rehabilitate through other equine related activities, like moving hay bales.
It is this simple, non-judgmental interaction that helps alleviate wounds, both seen and unseen.
GIVE TODAY TO HELP VETERANS FIND HEALING
The recurring support of donors and volunteers allows this program to continue for veterans who have come to heal. Each week, more wounded veterans come to participate in the program.
Make sure each veteran has the chance to find the healing they need.
Sometimes the Best Gift for Healing Is Yourself
Horses Spirits Healing is a team effort between veterans, their four-legged friends, and the many volunteers who generously give of their time to work as safety monitors or as administrative support.
Whether you’re a military veteran or a local resident who cares about our nation’s vets — we need you!
You don’t need prior experience with horses to make a profound difference in the lives of the military veterans in the program. If you want to help veterans find healing as a Horses Spirits Healing volunteer, please contact us.