Veterans are spending time with horses across the USA to help with life challenges during and after military service. Some are visiting stables occasionally to groom, and clean stalls, others learning to ride, engage in Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Exercises, or helping physically disabled vets to mount and successfully synergize with the movements of a horse. All are having positive results. Frequently feedback includes comments about the calming influence of horses; many see how their experiences with horses can metaphor life situations, often, how much horses are like soldiers on hyper alert for signs or signals of predators. Horse do live in the moment, and can help people to also.
During 2013, a horse farm in Van Buren has openly extended invitations to veterans and families, for visits, recreation, EAL, riding; fees waived. This service is not to analyze or force out life stories, but to offer an environment where wellness can be be found. Feedback from all visitors has been inspiring. In an in an extra effort to help vets and families feel comfortable coming for a visit, regular Vets Open House has begun.
Starting Wednesday, August 5-8PM Vets and families are invited, for a few minutes or a few hours, to Perfect Ponies Learning Center, (PPLC) 489 Main St, Van Buren, to come pet a horse and learn how horses are influencing lives in a special way. WHOA Project (Warriors’ Horses of Aroostook) goals include continuing veteran services, including vets helping vets. PPLC staff, horse and human, have been working with children, adults and families with special needs for over 20 years. Working with vets is an honor.
Future Open House/Farm hours will be on second Wednesdays. If anyone would like to visit at a different time, just call to set up a visit time so staff can be available. FMI Nancy Dumond Violette 868-5324