October 22, 2015

Joyful Horse Veterans Program

The Joyful Horse Project is a 501(C)3 organization with a focus on keeping horses out of harms way. They take a preventive approach by providing holistic health care, a natural environment, and foundational training — helping horses that have been abused, neglected, or abandoned re-establish bonds of trust and thrive with their human partners.

They also help veterans and their families. Veterans Equine Therapy Services (VETS) is a unique horsemanship program designed to guide veterans and their family members through foundational level horsemanship skills that build an environment of teamwork and trust between horse and human.

Over the course of the program, participants actively listen and observe what the horse is telling them about their approach and interactions. This process of asking, observing, and adjusting their approach, helps them develop a feel for the horse and teaches them how to improve the quality of their work together. The outcomes have a profound impact as joyful working partnerships emerge between the veterans and horses based on clear communication and mutual trust.

Veterans are amazingly well suited to the challenge of working with these horses. By background and training, they are keenly aware of the bonds of trust required to perform any task with sureness and confidence. These unique talents help the rehabilitating horses overcome their fears and become more suitable for further training and adoption. In addition, many veteran participants find that their work with the horses helps to reduce their own stress and provides insights into other interpersonal relationships. Families who share the experience together find a common purpose in helping to rehabilitate the horses.

Openings are available now at their Bastrop, Texas location for veterans and their family members to join the Veterans Equine Therapy Services (VETS) team for six FREE introductory sessions. Click here to get started.

For more information, visit the Joyful Horse project online at www.joyfulhorseproject.org or on Facebook here.

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