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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 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
you all for your public service.
Proudly serving military and first-responder veterans
with special needs and disabilities
Please view this wonderful video made
about our program by the prestigious FEI
and sponsored by Rolex. We thank them
for their interest and support.