What is Freedom Reins?
A way we can connect hooves and hearts is by reaching our veterans through equine assisted activities and veteran services in our Freedom Reins Program, a program designed to begin your healing relationship.
Freedom Reins is a program that will begin with initial sessions that include horse education and how to create a relationship with the horse, at no cost to you.
As each individual is unique, so is each horse. Throughout the program you will begin to learn how to communicate and respond to the horse's behavior and actions, just as they will to you.
Lessons learned on the ground will then be carried over into riding, as the physical benefits dramatically increase with riding.
As you build a relationship with the horse(s) you will start to understand their uniqueness, and how they see each individual as they are that day.
“As prey animals, horses are hypervigilant until they learn they are not in danger. Unlike with many dogs, who trust unconditionally, horses require humans to work to gain their trust. Because of their own hypervigilance, [those] with PTSD easily understand and can relate to the trust and hypervigilance in a horse.”
"The Rising Hope veteran program has been able to give my husband a healthy outlet for his PTSD triggers."
Why Horse Therapy?
The horse naturally promotes strong trust characteristics and calm responsive communication. With staggering statistics of severe suffering and depression plaguing our veteran heroes, horse therapy has been a shining light into the darkness. Rising Hope is embracing the opportunity to support our veterans and hope many will benefit from this program.