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Who Are You Carrying? Let Us Honor Them -
Carry The Load is a non-profit dedicated to providing active ways to honor and celebrate our nation's heroes by connecting Americans to the sacrifices made by military, veterans, first responders and their families.
I plan to remember, honor, and celebrate our nation's heroes by participating in the Dallas Memorial March event and raising funds to support organizations which help heroes and their families. The organization I am supporting this year is close to my heart and I have worked with them for some time now. Their everyday work with those who have disabilities and then their additional work for Veterans; rather it be those with physical limitations or those with PTSD, is amazing and worth noting.
Equest's HOOVES FOR HEROES empowers veterans and military families to take charge of their civilian transitions and assume new roles as civic leaders.
Thanks to generous grant funding, charitable donations and underwriting, our Equest Veterans Program services are offered at no cost to active duty service personnel, members of the Guard or Reserve, or any veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their immediate family members.
Equest's programs are individually tailored to meet the unique needs of the client. Our goal is to leverage the power of the horses to ease the participant's transition to civilian life and help them realize their potential as civic assets and community leaders. Among the benefits:
More effective communication skills
Enhanced emotional regulation
Fellowship and camaraderie
Opportunities to serve the community
The five components of therapeutic horsemanship offered:
Participants spend an afternoon learning the basics of ground handling plus enjoy fun and insightful team building activities -as part of the herd. It is a family friendly introduction to the power of horses.
Equest Veterans Program HOOVES FOR HEROES participants join with fellow Veterans and military spouses to learn mounted equestrian skill development and progression while building meaningful relationships with their horses and each other. Most volunteers assisting with this program are also Veterans or Armed Forces family members.
Clients learn to drive a horse drawn carriage which results in motor-sensory skill development and strengthening. Drivers master this task with precision and purpose.
Hippotherapy is a unique form of physical, occupational, and speech therapy using the movement of the horse to accomplish therapy treatment goals.
Equine Facilitated Counseling (EFC)
Many of our clients find EFC uniquely suited for achieving enhanced emotional wellness and a more satisfying life. Working with a licensed mental health professional, an equine specialist and one or more horses, clients work towards their goals. Many develop a deeper self-awareness, improved self-efficacy, richer interpersonal relationships and greater resilience in the face of life's challenges.
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