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