Equine services for veterans include emotional, cognitive, social and physical benefits. Veterans at BraveHearts have reported benefits including: increased self-esteem, self-worth, trust for others and community integration and decreased depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder attacks and self-inflicting thoughts. As veterans increase their horsemanship and involvement with BraveHearts additional opportunities including clinics with world-renowned horsemen, trail rides and horse shows are available for the veteran to participate. Veteran services are provided at no cost to all military veterans along with one family member or caregiver.
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Hippotherapy as a treatment strategy utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention plan. Horses provide multidimensional movement, making them an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength, control and balance. Benefits include increased range of motion, strength, balance, postural control, endurance, fine motor control, sensory integration and improved communication disorders. BraveHearts also has a fully-equipped clinic for individuals interested in clinic only services. Physical, occupational and speech therapy may be billed out using insurance. Individuals must be 3 years or older to be on horseback while individuals under 3 years of age can be seen in the clinic.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
EAP incorporates unmounted and mounted activities using therapy horses to help participants of all ages. Participants explore what therapy horses can help teach them about their own life to help process thoughts, beliefs and behaviors to facilitate emotional healing. This approach can be beneficial for individuals with various diagnoses including, but not limited to: anxiety disorders, autism, childhood neglect/abuse, conduct disorder, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. This service is provided by a licensed social worker and/or Psy.D. Insurance may be billed as psychotherapy services.
Besides increasing horsemanship and riding skills, therapeutic riding provides emotional, cognitive, social and physical benefits. Participants must be 4 years old to participate. As a recreational service this is not covered under insurance.