Teaming up with horses is a growing wellness activity for veterans in Northern Maine. Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is helping vets and families live better across the USA. Some prefer a family outing on the farm, others like regular sessions of grooming, ground work, or learning to ride; and some may engage in EAL exercises that encourage personal growth: self and social awareness, life skills and group/family dynamics. The horse, being a prey animal, naturally uses hyper alert to stay alive and can help human companions relax, problem solve, or even see how human behaviors and emotions affect those around them.
Offering veterans time with horses in Aroostook is a small Equine Assisted farm in Van Buren: Manes and Tails (MT) at Perfect Ponies Learning Center (PPLC), 489 Main St offers 2014 “Open Horse” 2014 every third Wednesday, May-July 6-7:30pm and Aug-Oct, 5-6:30. Or call for a visit, schedule more time on the farm. Feed back from participants include simply relaxing to family or life saving; especially, something to look forward to returning to. Vets’ fees waived, donations accepted, feedback appreciated. FMI Nancy Dumond Violette EAP/EAL Certified, Donald Violette USAF MSGT Ret, 207-868-5324. For a preview, follow Nancy, PPLC or MT on Facebook