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Helping Hands on Horseback

First Responders

The Equus Effect Program for First Responders

Pegasus is honored to launch our First Responders program in partnership with the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services

Each session is 5-weeks long and meets once a week from 10am-2pm. This program is offered at no cost to our participants, thank you for all you do for our community!

First responders have an immense impact on their communities. We also know from first-hand experience the impact that secondary trauma can have, and that burnout is a reality that many first responders face. Our veteran's programs are a perfect fit for first responders. We believe that learning the art and skill of self-regulation, understanding how to make distinctions among seemingly conflicting emotions and building the capacity to process ‘the day’ before coming home are all part of maintaining healthy relationships — and all part of ensuring top performance when police, firefighters or EMT’s need it most.

The Equus Effect (TEE) believes that if the people who are called upon to respond to our community members’ in their times of crisis are better equipped to handle the stressors of their job, the community as a whole will better cared for and more resilient.  

TEE is a program that uses horses and highly trained facilitators, deals with social-emotional growth and trauma in people of all ages and circumstances. Through the restorative powers of the horse, clients are able to discover their own strength and healing through the experiential learning this program has to offer. Didactic elements of recognizing emotions and working towards emotional agility help participants manage their emotions in a positive and healthy way. All this is done through what we call “The Wisdom of the Prey” and connection with our equine partners. Our goal is that each individual leaves this program with a renewed sense of self-worth, well-being and empowerment.

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 For more information: Please reach out to our program team 845-669-8235

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It is essential to let us know right away if you will be late or absent from program. Please call 845-669-8102 and leave a voicemail that includes your full name and Pegasus chapter. 

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