Founded in 1981, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship was the first therapeutic riding center in Texas. Their program quickly became an industry leader by building a solid base in the North Texas community. They have been serving thousands of clients with their unique therapy tools, horses. Equine-assisted therapy is well-known throughout the world. Equest continues to lead the industry with a staff of PATH International certified instructors.
Equest’s HOOVES FOR HEROES program empowers veterans and military families to take charge of their civilian transitions and acquire new roles as civilian leaders.
With grant funding, charitable donations and underwriting, Equest’s Veterans Program services are offered at no cost to active duty service personnel, members of the Guard or Reserve, honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their immediate family members.
Equest’s programs are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of the client. Their goal is to leverage the power of the horses to ease the participant’s transition to civilian life and help them realize their potential as civic assets to the community. Benefits include improved self-awareness and self-confidence, communication skills and healthier relationships, camaraderie and opportunities to serve the community.
“Hooves for Heroes is a wonderful organization that offers programs for veterans using horsemanship to help vets feel important, accepted and accomplished and experience community in an atmosphere of love, care and connection.” – Susan Verhault
Equest partners with several Veterans’ Service Organizations (VSOs) and resource providers to help address individual reintegration needs outside the spectrum of the Equest Veterans Program, HOOVES FOR HEROES. By working together, veterans have access to these variety of organizations dedicated to improving wellness across multiple aspects of life. Equest and their partner VSOs collaborate together to equip our nation’s military heroes and their families for long-term, productive, community engagement.
Learn more at https://equest.org/veterans/.