To provide a resource for the ever-growing demand for professional assistance in mitigating the damaging effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffered by military veterans, law enforcers, firefighters and EMT responders. Equine Therapeutic Programs (ETPs) are supervised by professional equestrian instructors who teach wounded veterans and first responders how to interact, react, and care for a horse.
VETS is a Montana based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established to help veterans and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Statistics show that horses calm the nerves, lower blood pressure and, in general, relieve stress. Our veterans and first responders will be under the watchful eyes of trained equine professionals.
The horsemanship methods and philosophies of Herd 2 Human are proven effective in helping humans deal with the stress of life's challenges, build better relationships with their horses and discover new or renewed value in their life, even if they are not horsemen or horsewomen. You don't have to be a horseman to benefit from what horses have to teach us.
The goal for VETS is to establish a peaceful, serene atmosphere on a bucolic ranch situated in Northwestern Montana.
This will enable the veterans and first responders to “get away from it all” and relax in a rural setting, enjoying the benefits of a one-on-one relationship with a special horse. Veterans and first responders will be housed on the ranch for a period of time to allow them to “de-stress” from all of life’s challenges. VETS will offer programs such as, but not limited to, woodworking, furniture making, ornamental welding, photography, gardening, cooking, and financial counseling.
How Horses Help
Calm the Nerves
Increase Emotional Awareness
Lower Blood Pressure
“I loved this experience. It brought out the courage in me that I didn’t think I had to share the most traumatic event in my life. I was absolutely a weight lifted off my shoulders and chest to realize that although I will have triggers that I will struggle with again, I have a choice to change my perspective. The other fantastic personal event is that I have the tools to increase my relationship with my horses and people.”
- Mary M.
“Something EVERYONE should get to experience. There are not enough words to express what I have to come learn about myself in the past 3 days. I would recommend this program to any and all that are able and willing to open themselves up for self-betterment.”
- Keisha B.
“The Equine assisted group therapy Jeff, Darlene, and Valor Equine offers a great opportunity for veterans with PTSD to learn another tool to improve their lives. I learned a lot about the body language I project and what it feels like to let go of all that tension. Successful communication with the horses required me to be in a peaceful, focused, and confident space. Being in that space is ideal in everyday life and working with the horses made me realize that I can achieve that state on my own. Thank you to Jeff, Darlene, Coe,
and the Learning Center at Red Willow for providing this therapy free of charge. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot.”