We were honored to have been invited to offer our Equine Assisted Healing Program for veterans and families initially in cooperation with Horse Lovers Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Equine therapy is being utilized throughout the nation to help veterans cope with and heal from the emotional trauma they have endured. Veterans returning home sometimes struggle with adjustment issues, grief and loss, PTSD, relationship challenges, and other problems as a result of serving our country. Families of veterans often need help in their own reactions to these problems. We offered monthly equine assisted groups where veterans and their families in Phoenix, Arizona could have an alternative type of healing experience.
Participants have rated their experience with over 97% excellent satisfaction. The other 3% ratings were still above average. Veterans and family members were able to immediately apply their experiences in the arena to their lives today and have new choices for healing and change. No horse experience was necessary in order to participate. While our program is no longer available, many organiziations offer equine therapy for veterans. It's a highly recommended alternative treatment and we hope you'll keep researching to find a program that can be healing for you.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy was developed by a veteran, Greg Kersten, who understands the potential for having horses help people in healing emotional wounds. Bringing these services to veterans at Horse Lovers Park was a vision of the past park President, Ross Libonati, who is also a veteran. Both the therapist and equine professional were experienced professionals and certified in providing equine assisted psychotherapy and learning services.
In order to protect the privacy and dignity of veterans, we were not affiliated with any government agency and we choose not to seek out any government or insurance funding. This program was funded strictly by private donations with the bulk of the seed funds coming from veterans helping veterans. Donations in any amount were appreciated. Later, the program was moved from Horse Lover's Park to a private facility and was continued as a free monthly gathering for veterans and their families.
On behalf of the former President and Management team at Horse Lovers Park and the Healing With Horsepower program, we would like to express our appreciation to all of our contributors with special thanks to the following organizations for their generous donations:
Chapter E of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club
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