Officially launched on September 11, 2009, Spirit Therapies Horses Healing Heroes therapeutic horseback riding program is designed to serve both active duty military personnel and veterans who have been diagnosed with physical and/or mental challenges.
Spirit is extremely excited about expanding its services and having the opportunity to give back to the men and women who have served our country.
The Horses Healing Heroes spot that aired on HLN is now online
Horse-assisted therapies contribute to emotional and social readjustment by increasing self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and self-confidence, along with a sense of mastery.
The physical benefits associated with the horses body warmth and three-dimensional gait which closely simulates the movement of the human pelvis has been shown to increase circulation, relax tight muscles, strengthen weak muscles, increase mobility in the pelvis & trunk, develop balance & coordination, and improve posture.
Horse-assisted group interactive activities promote socialization and lead to measurable improvements in communication, memory, and attention span.
As our rider's skills increase, so does their self-esteem and general well being. Research has proven that exercise and interpersonal interaction produces profound benefits for individuals with physical and/or mental challenges working to reach their full physical, mental, and social potential.
SPIRIT is dedicated to helping our riders discover their dreams and goals - to help them expand their physical and mental horizons so they can be the best that they can be.
Spirit Therapies is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Someday through support of our friends, riders, volunteers, sponsors and the public, we will be able to offer our services free of charge through our Pegasus Program.