VETERANS PROGRAM

HorseLink for Veterans

SUPPORT * CONNECTION * COMMUNITY

Coming home can be a difficult adjustment for veterans and their families. This program is designed to ease this transition and help veterans adjust by establishing a trusting partnership and bond between them and our horses. HorseLink for Veterans provides a safe space, surrounded by nature, where veterans partner in exercises with horses in ways which can decrease stress, improve communication, and strengthen relationships.  The horses provide gentle feedback with total acceptance of the people they work with.

Please note: NO riding is involved in our programs and NO prior horse experience is needed! Safety is paramount. All horse-human interactions are designed to build on each other, with the pace adjusted for each individual. For this reason, groups are intentionally kept small, with a maximum of six participants.

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What are the benefits for veterans of equine-assisted learning programs?

Many positive outcomes have been documented among veterans who attend equine-assisted learning programs, including:

  • Decreased stress and depression. Horses provide the opportunity for safe and rewarding bonding, which can help reduce tension and elevate mood.

  • Increased ability to remain calm under pressure. Horses live “in the moment” and can help us be present too, as we learn to respond rather than just to react.

  • Improved relationships. Equine-assisted learning programs can help people set and maintain healthy personal boundaries—one key to more positive interactions.

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Phase I–Introductory Program

Phase I of the program consists of a one half-day introductory workshop. Here you will learn the basics of safe interaction with horses—always our number one concern. (Again, no riding is involved in either phase.) The focus will be on understanding physical and emotional cues, the ability to read feedback from the horses, and learning skills to decrease both stress and anxiety.

Upcoming HorseLink for Veterans Introductory Classes:
Saturdays, March 3, March 24, and April 7, 2018.  9:00am-1:00pm

Phase II

Phase two consists of two half-day workshops, each with its own theme which builds upon the skills learned in phase one. You must complete the Introductory program before attending these sessions.

I. Improving Communication & Strengthening Relationships: April 21, 2018, 9:00am-1:00pm

In this workshop, you will acquire skills for authentic and clear communication and how to maintain effective boundaries with others in ways that inspire trust, respect, and cooperation.

II. Tools for Realizing Your Goals: May 5, 2018, 9:00am-1:00pm

In this workshop, you will learn how to use intention, focus, and all the previously learned skills to take meaningful action and accomplish the outcomes you desire. You may also gain insight about the times you get in your own way and create barriers to achieving what you want.

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Please email the completed application and assessment to info@thehorselink.org or call 512-360-8499 for more information.

“We are all too often getting analyzed, counseled and medicated, which are important, but [the HorseLink for Veterans program] gives us a hands-on approach to getting our lives back.”  – HorseLink for Veterans program participant

“I left with the belief I can feel again. I don’t know all of the ways I will use what I learned today yet, but I know I can mend relationships with family. I learned I had a lot of guilt, but I think I can let it go.”  – A.S.

“If you have something holding you back in life, the horses and workshop will help you leave it behind. I love the horses!”  – HorseLink for Veterans partcipant

“[This program] is the best thing ever! It is worth the time.”  – E.H.

“This program works and it is OK to tap into your emotions. THANK YOU!”  – Angel

“I recommend this program. The support “talks” are so worth it and the horse talks are epic!”  – H.E., HorseLink for Veterans participant