Helping Hands on Horseback
Helping Hands on Horseback

Pegasus Patriots

Pegasus currently is developing a program to provide equine-assisted activities and therapies to the courageous men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces. Veterans of any age will be invited to participate in Pegasus Patriots, and prior experience with horses will not be required.

Plans for the program encompass a variety of options, including weekly one-hour sessions held in either one-on-one or small-group format, and one-time group sessions of two to three hours in duration. Activities primarily will involve unmounted (non-riding) interactions with our highly trained therapeutic horses.

Sessions will be customized based on individual goal sets, and safety, security and dignity will be essential components of the program. All Pegasus sessions are designed and led by experienced instructors certified by PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, our accrediting organization).

Pegasus Patriots will be a great way for people with military service-connected conditions to expand their abilities while having fun. Every equine-assisted activity, from simple grooming to trust exercises to horseback riding, works to empower participants and help them rediscover their resiliency. The relationships that develop among riders, volunteers, horses and staff are integral to the positive emotional experience.

The many benefits of equine-assisted activities include:

  • Physical: Improved balance, coordination, muscle strength, reflexes, tone, flexibility, core strength and motor control.
  • Emotional: Improved self-esteem, a general sense of well-being and confidence. Working with a horse also fosters a sense of calm comfort and creates a human-horse bond, which in turn engenders trust and respect. Added outcomes include increased risk management and practice in overcoming fear and anxiety.
  • Cognitive: Emotional control and self-discipline, improved attention and concentration, opportunities for listening, recall practice, new learning and increased verbal interaction.

For further information regarding Pegasus Patriots, contact Sophia Rosenbloom at srosenbloom@pegasustr.org or (845) 669-8235 x105.

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