Pony Power for Heroes
Horse-Assisted Activities for Veterans and their Families
Experience the Difference Time Spent With a Horse Can Make in Your Life
Pony Power Therapies offers unique horse-centered programming to those who have served in our country’s armed services. Veterans can experience a variety of physical, psychological and social benefits by using these sensitive, no-nonsense animals as a learning tool in mounted and unmounted (ground) experiential learning activities. Every activity – from simple grooming to fun team challenges – is intended to empower participants and help them rediscover their resiliency.
Who can participate?
While those returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom were the impetus for this initiative spearheaded by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, the industry’s premier accrediting body, veterans of any age can participate in this program. Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int’l) has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to provide Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EEAT) for WWP Alumni. Scholarships are available to these individuals to ride at PATH Int’l Premier-Accredited Centers across the country, including Pony Power Therapies. For more information, and to see if you qualify, please visit PATHIntl.org and click on Resources, then Equine Services for Heroes.
For veterans who incurred service-connected injuries since Sept. 11, 2001, financial assistance for a mounted program is available through a partnership with PATH Intl’ and the Wounded Warrior Project. Financial assistance for both mounted and unmounted programs may also be available for non WWP alumni. To learn more, please call us at (201) 934-1001.
Pony Power also offers a 4-day, extended-day experience each summer - Operation Pony Power - to children whose parent(s) are serving or have served in the military. Because of the inclusive nature of Pony Power programming, military children can enjoy riding and learning about horses in a setting that’s accessible and safe for those with and without special needs.
What can you expect?
The horse-assisted activities are tailored to address specific issues faced by wounded and traumatized military personnel, assist them in making the transition to civilian life and help them to build healthy relationships. Horses help participants experience interactive patterns that will enhance relationships, establish clear boundaries with others for personal empowerment, understand the impact of verbal and nonverbal “messages,” and develop stress management skills.
Activities are led by a two-person team of PATH-certified instructors and are customized for each group of participants, taking into account physical disabilities and/or limitations. No prior horse experience is necessary, and sessions are intended to be fun yet thought provoking.
How do you get started?
For more information about our programming for veterans, or to sign up, call (201) 934-1001, or submit a query below.