Veteran Self Trust

Self trust can be an obstacle for anyone- but this is especially true for veterans with PTSD. We focus on ground work with horses, and steady step-by-step guides to true horse communication so that veterans can rebuild their self-trust through success after success… and move on to achieve their goals.

Clay (one of our equine instructors) is showing our veteran, Luz, how to halter a horse for the first time.

On the first day of training, LaNita had never spent much time around horses and was scared to pick up one of their hooves (though trusted herself to be able to do it)…

… but a few weeks later, she now comfortable and confident in her equine skills and abilities.

This was Terine’s first day working with horses. She worked with Will Friday (our Program Director) on groundwork all morning- and by the afternoon she was trusting herself so much that she was guiding a horse in the arena.

Both of the horses in these photos are wild rescued mustangs at Lifesaver’s Wild Horse Rescue. Both of them had never been in a round pen before, or worked with a human. Both these veterans were experiencing this type of delicate introduction for the first time. And both veterans and horses were trusting themselves and each other by the end of the day.

Our veteran Genee and Cheyenne (who works at Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue) are in a round pen with a wild rescued mustang. This is the horse’s first time in a round pen and around people, and Cheyenne is giving careful guidance to help Genee stay focused and trust herself in this very new situation for both her and the horse.

Picking up the hoof of a 1,000lb animal you don’t know can be a very scary thing- but after a couple of deep breaths Katty dove in and did it… and took a big step towards trusting that she can do more than she thinks she can.

You don’t have to have all 5 senses to work with horses. We had the honor of having veterans in the Blind Rehabilitation program at the Long Beach VA come out to work with horses with us. It was incredible for everyone involved.