Horse Sense is proud to provide Therapeutic Riding, and Equine Services to the veterans at our local VA. These gentlemen do not pay one dime for these services. Whether we bring the horses to the VA or the veterans are transported to the farm, the costs are covered by grants and donations. We know that grants are not always renewed and that harder times make it difficult to expect regular donations.
But, we know that we make SUCH A DIFFERENCE for these veterans. We know that studies show that veterans who work with horses show a 29% decrease in the risk of violence and a 62% decrease in the risk of suicide.
We are undertaking this fund-raising project to support existing programs and to start NEW programs for families, kids of vets, spouses, homeless vets, and more...
And so we RALLY. We reach out to you - our friends and colleagues - to join with us to keep these services going and to expand them if possible. Please consider a donation of any size so that we may continue to serve these men who have served their country so well.
How does your donation help these Veterans?
- $175 supports a Therapeutic Riding session for 2-4 Veterans
- $275 supports a two-hour Equine Assisted Learning Group at Horse Sense for about 20 Veterans
- $475 supports three horses visiting the VA, bringing smiles to everyone's faces
- $725 supports a small group of Veterans in Therapeutic Horsemanship for a day
- $1170 provides 8-10 sessions of Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for two-three Veterans
Why These Programs are Important
There is an incredible need for these programs. Horses make it possible for veterans to talk about their issues and see that there is a way forward - all of this without having someone constantly asking "how do you feel" and "what do you think". Horses make no judgments, and they allow these men and women to recognize themselves in the behavior of the horses, and then apply the lessons learned to their own lives.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Donate directly to Horse Sense via Rally.org.
Click here to make a donation of any amount directly into the Horse Sense Veterans Fund!
Donate (and get a tax-deduction!) through Equinox Horse Foundation
Horse Sense's Sister non-profit, Equinox Horse Foundation, has received word about their 501c3 status, and you can now donate to Horse Sense Scholarship Fund through Equinox! Make checks payable to Equinox Horse Foundation, with "Horse Sense Vets" in the memo field, and mail to Lori Araki, 7041 Meadows Town Roa d, Marshall, NC 28753!
Donate your time!
We always need extra support staff when serving our older Veterans in Therapeutic Riding, usually on Wednesdays in the morning. Can you donate an hour or two to give back?