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Horsemanship & Rehabilitation for Veterans

At Warhorse Ranch, we provide programs in horsemanship, outdoor recreation, and camaraderie to veterans free of charge, as well as offering many other therapeutic recreational opportunities. We believe in connecting people with nature, fostering wellness, and discovering the healing potential of horsemanship. As a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans and their families, we are dedicated to ensuring high quality opportunities for veterans. Thus, our programs are still in the pilot stage. Horsemanship classes follow curriculum set by the Certified Horsemanship Association. We intend to present other proven programs developed by Eagala, Monty Roberts Join Up™, and PATH, as well as others.

“It’s not therapy… it’s therapeutic.”

Valorie Jones, WLF President

Second Careers for Horses

The Second Careers for Horses Program has been successfully run by the Arkansas Equine Foundation for the last 11 years and has re-homed over 300 horses that were donated by very good owners who received tax benefits for their donation. WLF will fund this program, and many of the horses will serve at the Ranch. Approved veterans’ organizations and other organizations using horses in their programs can adopt these animals free of charge.

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Horsemanship for the New-Horseperson

This is a two-day intensive course for individuals who are interested in working with horses on a regular basis and would like to be considered candidates for adopting a horse from the Second Careers for Horses Program. This program combines classroom learning and hands on exercises with horses and equine specialists.

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Non-violent approach to working with horses

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Touching and handling a horse

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Horse safety and barn etiquette

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How horses learn

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Spatial awareness

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Equine interaction in the round pen

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Building a trust-based partnership

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Approaching the horse

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Grooming / use of tack

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Equine Interaction

This 90-minute course is for individuals who have completed the Introduction to Equine Interaction course and have expressed an interest in the therapeutic benefits of equine-assisted activities.

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Round pen / arena entrance safety overview

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Horse-speak (interpreting the language of the horse) 

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Building a trust-based relationship

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Methods for controlling the movement of the horse

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Interpreting the horse’s response – aka “looking into the mirror”

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Learning to control the movement of the veteran

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Successful bonding with a horse

Complementary Wellness Treatments

At Warhorse Ranch, we are excited to offer ​on site​ complimentary wellness treatments to veterans. These treatments are designed to work in conjunction with traditional treatments, and alongside our horse therapy and recreational activities. Currently, we have a hyperbaric oxygen chamber (for treatment of wounds and general wellness) and one of the only ​Biocharger NG™ units in the state of Arkansas. A biocharger is a subtle energy revitalization device for focus, performance, sleep, and recovery. 

Family Activities

At this time, family activities are limited to the spouse, children, and/or caregiver of the veteran. Exceptions are considered on a case-by-case basis. Groups of more than four must have a pre-approved itinerary. General activities are scheduled 48 hours in advance on predetermined family days.

Family activities may include:

 

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Pre-planned horsemanship demonstrations or activities

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Hiking on the trails

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Specific events planned by WLF staff and volunteers

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Picnics

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Fishing in one of three stocked ponds

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