Horses Helping Heroes
Listening to your horse and what they are communicating reminds me to take a step back and do that in real life relationships and communication.
Established in September of 2016, Horses Helping Heroes (H3) is an Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) program for military Veterans. We provide both inpatient services to participants in the Des Moines VA Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment program, as well as outpatient services.
Interactive lessons with horses emphasize themes such as relationship building, effective communication skills, problem-solving, and recognizing peace while providing a therapeutic environment. Not only do those who participate in H3 gain life skills and confidence, but the VA Hospital has also noticed a decrease in medications needed for depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
We are excited to announce that we are now able to offer our outpatient equine-assisted therapy program to all military Veterans residing in the Des Moines area. Skills you may learn from equine-assisted therapy include emotional regulation, self-confidence, improved communication and relationship skills, mindfulness, and many others. This is not a riding program; we use ground-based horsemanship activities.
There is no cost to participate in H3.
Sessions for all Veterans: Every week for six weeks.
Session 13: Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm. March 9, 16, 23, & 30, April 6 & 13. (Program starts at 4:30pm on the last day to allow for a provided meal)
Session 14: Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm. April 27, May 4, 11, 18, & 25, June 1. (Program starts at 4:30pm on the last day to allow for a provided meal)
Session 15: Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm. June 15, 22, & 29, July 6, 13, & 20. (Program starts at 4:30pm on the last day to allow for a provided meal)
Session 16: Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm. August 10, 17, 24, & 31, September 7 & 14 (Program starts at 4:30pm on the last day to allow for a provided meal)
Session 17: Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm. September 21 & 28, October 5, 12, 19, & 26. (Program starts at 4:30pm on the last day to allow for a provided meal)
Women's Only Sessions:
Session 1 (Women Veterans only): Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm. March 3, 17, & 31, April 14.
Session 2 (Women Veterans only): Rescheduled to Mondays 5:30pm-7:30pm. May 16 & 23, June 6 & 13.
Session 3 (Women Veterans only): CANCELLED
Session 4 (Women Veterans only): Thursdays 5:30pm-7:30pm. September 1, 15, & 29, October 13.
Working with horses in equine therapy was a positive experience for me. It felt good to have the ability to gain confidence & skill to convince another natural animal to trust me & follow my direction. Communication and body language is key.