Veterans Program Apr-May @ High Hopes

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The Equus Effect @ HighHopes is a five-week horsemanship program designed specifically for Veterans which builds upon the horse-human bond and its effects on healing, building, trust and improving relationships.  Currently, High Hopes runs several EE@HH sessions throughout the year.  Each session is five weeks long with a maximum of eight participants per session.  Veterans can enroll in either one session of the program or continue to build upon the program’s impact by taking part in multiple sessions.
If you or someone you know could benefit from this program please contact us. High Hopes is also working with Vet Centers in referring veterans to this program and they support it with a clinician during each session.
Currently, planned dates for future programs are:


Please download a poster to display in your premises
To register either contact the Norwich Vets Center or contact Megan Ellis, Program Director directly at 860.434.1974 x 116 or email

For many individuals who have served in our military, the ability to remain relaxed in the present moment and make important connections with other people is more difficult than most of the general public.  Often, this is a by-product of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Additionally, when serving in the military, there is a demand for all individuals to be acutely aware of their surroundings at all times due to the perilous conditions faced each day.  For many who have served, this hyper-vigilant state does not subside when returning to re-integrate into society.  Making connections with civilians is challenging often resulting in a sense of isolation even when returning to home, friends and family.
Equine assisted activities and therapy is proving effective with veterans for both physical and emotional rehabilitation, including for PTSD and brain injuries. These individuals need an environment that is non-restrictive and challenging. High Hopes’ programs for veterans focus on interactions between the horse and the individual and allows for risk-taking activities that build upon improving personal decision-making. Similarly, the outdoor environment at our 120-acre facility provides a healing and stress-relieving opportunity.

*Any serving or veteran. Take a look at our VetKids programs for teens and children. Contact Megan Ellis if you are interested in a spouses program.

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