Horse bloggers spend a lot of time creatively celebrating and sharing the profound impact that horses have upon our lives. One life touched by horses has a ripple effect, spreading goodness in ways we can’t always completely understand. My own life with horses is an excellent example of this.
My life has also been changed by the revolutionary work of Linda Tellington-Jones. I work for Animal Ambassadors, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to encouraging an understanding and respect of animals and ourselves, and to celebrating the magic of animals in our lives.
The fascinating thing about Animal Ambassadors is the breadth and depth of experience covered in its mission statement. In researching projects for Animal Ambassadors to fund, I find the most appealing ventures.
One such undertaking is Horses For heroes. Established by NARHA, the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, located in Denver, Colorado, Horses for Heroes is a nationwide program for America’s wounded service personnel and veterans.
Appreciating the power of the horse to change lives is our goal,” says NARHA President Dr. Paul Spiers. “Our service
personnel have fought to preserve our freedom and, for many, at a very dear cost. We must be certain that if our wounded
service personnel and veterans need and want this kind of help, they will get the best NARHA has to offer.
Whether or not you agree with the fact that we are at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is difficult not to empathize with the suffering of returning soldiers who are the victims of closed head injury, amputation, post traumatic stress disorder and a multitude of other disabilities directly resulting from their service in the Middle East.
Horses for Heroes seeks to spread the ripple to these soldiers by making the magic of horses available to them. Hippotherapy and equine assisted psychotherapy programs under the auspices of Horses for Heroes can effect radical changes in the lives of our soldiers.
For more information about the program, read the article entitled, I Will Never Leave A Fallen Comrade and read an article on Therapeutic Riding of Tucson on The Pentagon Channel’s program American Veteran.
Take a minute to watch this absolutely galvanic CBS video called The Horses of Arlington. I regret that CBS does not allow its videos to be embedded.
If you are interested in participating, contact NARHA or call (800) 369-RIDE (7433).
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