Veterans Program

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Our Vision

To inspire positive change and empower those we serve.

Background

The SoléAna Stables Horses for Heroes is a free program for active duty military and veterans. 

The program consists of two, 6-week phases that build upon another. The first phase focuses on groundwork and the second on mounted riding. Throughout the program, participants will work on horsemanship skills, riding skills, and life skills. 

Services Provided

Mounted Program

Participants may progress to mounted lessons if they wish to expand their understanding of horses. Mounted riding is a powerful progression from the standard dismounted approaches.

 

The focus of the mounted program is Basic horsemanship + Riding Skills + “Games” + Mounted Challenges.

 

Participants build on their knowledge of the horse from their dismounted work, and combine that knowledge with basic horsemanship, essential riding skills, fun games, and special exercises to challenge their skills. 

Dismounted Program

The focus of the dismounted program is Horse Care + Groundwork + Understanding Equine Psychology + Exercises.

 

The essentials of equine groundwork are interestingly combined with basic horse care, elementary  understanding of equine psychology, and fun exercises between the horse and handler.

Benefits

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Evidence

Research indicates that Equine Assisted Activities provide a unique opportunity for veterans to improve their holistic health & wellness and gain a sense of purpose through meaningful activity.

Participants may see improvements in the following areas...

  • Balance and postural stability 

  • Motor function 

  • Positive coping skills 

  • Quality of life 

  • Emotional self-regulation 

  • Social Functioning 

  • Exercise and leisure participation 

  • Improved relationships 

  • Reduced PTSD symptoms 

  • Reduced depression, anxiety, and hyper arousal 

  • The list goes on!... 

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Volunteering

  • Volunteers are the backbone of SoléAna Stables! 

  • Make friends with in a positive and motivating community 

  • Give back to those who have served

  • No previous experience with horses needed

Volunteers Needed For...

  • Barn activities 

  • Farm maintenance 

  • Office duties 

  • Fundraising 

  • Planning social activities and events

  • Much more!..