Horses 4 Heroes

GAIT TRC is proud to offer Horses 4 Heroes, a program serving Veterans, First Responders, Law Enforcement Officers, and their families.

Remaining relaxed in the present moment and maintaining interpersonal connections with others can be difficult for those who have served in our military and/or emergency services. Horses 4 Heroes, offered in accordance with PATH Intl. standards and guidelines, provides free therapeutic horsemanship services to servicemen and servicewomen to address their emotional, physical, social, and/or mental needs.

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“The time I spend each week with ‘my horse,’ Joey at GAIT, brings me a quieting of my anxiety. But it has also given me a framework to use when not there to help deal with those moments when my anxiety starts to ramp up. Horses 4 Heroes at GAIT is a superb program run by professionals who are dedicated to not only their horses, but each and every individual who steps foot in the barn.” Captain Cindy I., USAF, Retired

Therapeutic horsemanship has been proven to be effective for physical and emotional rehabilitation, including PTSD and brain injuries. Riding and working with horses allows participants a temporary escape from the stress and pressure of the outside world. Horses can teach how to be present in the moment and to let go of all the noise and clutter. GAIT’s Horses 4 Heroes program focuses on establishing a partnership between the horse and individual to build trust, improve personal decision making, and increase confidence as they learn to work together.

“The staff were incredibly warm and welcoming. I immediately felt at home. I could be comfortable there and not worry about anyone judging me… I have noticed many changes in myself. Social situations are becoming less scary, my confidence is starting to build, and bonding with a horse is the most amazing feeling… I believe in this program and I am blessed to be part of something meaningful again. I am currently planning on becoming an official volunteer, so I can continue to support this program to the fullest.” R.B. – Army Veteran

“This is an amazing and humbling and totally helpful experience! I’m so grateful for it. Beyond grateful.” C.I. – Air Force Veteran

Horses 4 Heroes provides Veterans, First Responders, and LEO’s with a free 10-week session of equine activities and/ or equine-facilitated counseling. This specially designed program is intended to aid in recovery from PTSD, fatigue, burnout, depression, anxiety, and stress as well as helping participants reconnect with society and their families.

In addition, Operation Night Catch is a support group offered to children of deployed parents that offers free unmounted equine experiences. This program benefits families of deployed service personnel by providing them with support during a very stressful time while providing peace of mind to their loved ones abroad. Scholarships are also available through Horses 4 Heroes to children of servicemen and women who would like to participate in GAIT’s therapeutic programs.

Please call GAIT at 570-409-1140 or email to ask about participating in this Horses 4 Heroes program. Click here to download Horses 4 Heroes Participant Application Forms.

It’s through your generous donations that GAIT is able to provide its services to America’s heroes. Please consider making a donation to this program; any amount is greatly appreciated and goes directly to supporting our heroes.

GAIT TRC is a PATH Int’l Premier Accredited Center and Federal 501(c)3 non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

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