Supporting the Engagement & Recovery of Veterans with Equines (SERVE) provides therapeutic equine programs for veterans and their families that are conducive to healing, reintegration, and improved quality of life through horseback riding and unmounted activities that build strength, balance, self-confidence and independence in a barn environment that is peaceful, safe and accepting alongside fellow veterans, volunteers and staff.
Horses and soldiers have a long history together, from the horse’s first use in warfare to its more recent use as a rehabilitation partner. Today veterans riding programs are being offered at riding barns as special programs for veterans who have returned from active duty with physical and/or emotional wounds. Veterans are often diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other physical wounds from combat, all of which can cause physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral challenges in making the transition from active duty to civilian life. Veterans riding programs have been created to answer the growing need for alternative forms of therapy for wounded service members by offering different activities based on a group’s specific needs using horses, certified professionals, volunteers and veteran comrades.
PALS is able to serve veterans with physical and/or emotional wounds such as:
Individual Session– Participates are able to groom, saddle, and ride their horse. This provides a more individualized attention and a private atmosphere for the veteran.
Group Session – Participates are able to groom, saddle/tack up, ride, and learn horsemanship skills. This encourages camaraderie and allows more time at the barn
FREE to all Veterans! You fought for our freedom, it’s the least we can do.
One of the goals of the SERVE program is for veterans to help each other. If you are a veteran and want to volunteer with the program, please contact Outreach Coordinator:
firstname.lastname@example.org | ( ext. 15
— All Training is provided and no horse experience is needed! —