Submitted by Healing Hearts Ranch

The HeartStrides Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship Operation THRIVE Warrior Horsemanship Program at Healing Hearts Ranch is an effective horsemanship based Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program that is designed to inspire social, emotional and psychological wellness for our returning armed forces.  Our Mission is to integrate the principles of horsemanship with research-based learning during interactive experiences with horses, which will improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities. Participants gain basic skills of handling, interacting, communication with horses and basic riding skills.

THRIVE – Teaching Horsemanship Resiliency, Integrity, Virtue& Empowerment is the theme of the weekend that will be put on by HeartStrides 501c charity for military active duty, veterans and first responders.

This three day clinic is free to all active duty military personnel, Veterans and first responders.  This year the clinic was made possible by donations from the Olympia Elks, VFW and many local businesses. We work with the JBLM Warrior Transition Battalion.

This clinic helps facilitate transition to civilian life through anger management, stress and anxiety reduction techniques, emotional awareness and dealing with strong emotions. This clinic is focused on Brain Traumatic Injuries and helping service members connect with horses and others dealing with similar situations. The goal is to enable the service member to heal, to increase their self confidence, and to the improve their family life. A therapist is on site to help veterans process.

 

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