Programs for Veterans
Benefits of Equine Assisted Services for Veterans
High Hopes’ programs for Veterans focus on interactions between the horse and the individual allowing for risk-taking activities that build upon improving personal decision-making. The welcoming, outdoor environment of our 120-acre facility provides a healing and stress-relieving venue.
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 reintegrate into society. Making connections with civilians is challenging often resulting in a sense of isolation even when returning to home, friends and family.
Most Veterans programs are small group, unmounted, 6-8 weeks in length, and are offered on a rotating basis throughout the year. We serve a diverse population of Veterans and our goal is to provide services that meet their varying, individual needs.
Meet Mark and watch his story
On average, more than 20 veterans a day in America take their own lives. Many are suffering from PTSD, or depression and anxiety related to undiagnosed PTSD. Share Mark’s story to raise awareness of how horses and humans working together can help save lives.Mark's Story
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Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering at High Hopes is much more than a regular donation of time and service. It involves becoming part of a larger community.Prospective Volunteers
Join Us For an Event!
At High Hopes we host events for staff, volunteers and our participants. We also host private events at our facility. View our events calendar to see what fun things are happening at High Hopes!Events