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Horses hear us when the words can't come out. Working with our local veteran community has brought our program to a new level. These people sacrificed so much physically & emotionally. It is our pleasure to provide these services to help them work toward becoming whole again.
Learn about the importance of connection & communication, basic horse care and riding skills, then have the opportunity build on that experience on a trail ride or compete in local contests. Riding horses can be an empowering, physical undertaking, it takes therapy up a level. At Summit we work with riders with TBI, PTSD, amputations, paralysis, anxiety and other challenges toward a wide range of personal goals.
Focus of this program is on building a connected relationship with a horse through learning ground-based horsemanship skills. This utilizes our round pen, directing the horse to travel around, change directions, and regulate pace often without using ropes or equipment. By focusing on the connection between horse and person we can rebuild trust and communication, instill hope and confidence, all without saying much at all. The Centered Leadership program reconnects the person to their own self-awareness as the horses respond to the energy and movement in the arena. You cannot be living in the past or the future and get the response from the horse you desire.
The veterans in this program will have the opportunity to gentle and work with one of our BLM mustangs. The mustangs and veterans identify with one another, having both experienced life altering changes and having highly attuned self-preservation skills. The desire to connect with the wild horse often helps rekindle the drive to reconnect with other passions in their lives.
Unique programs like ours survive with the backing of private donors as no public funding is currently available. Summit Equestrian is working with veterans to increase funding in hopes of partnering with the local VA and veterans groups across the country.
We have an opportunity for you to support this program Friday, November 9th. Stock The Barn is going to give you a chance to enjoy delicious food, hand crafted drinks, live music & will have a chance to bid on an array of auction items, many hand crafted by local artisans, as well as amazing donations from community merchants. Enjoy a photo with one of our magical Percheron horses, meet the Mustangs, kiss a pig or snuggle with a miniature pony! The farm is yours to explore for the night!
Let us know if you have any questions about getting involved