Horses Healing Humans
All of us at Lifesavers have had our lives enriched and improved by our relationships with horses. Wild Horse Assisted Therapies such as HIGH (Horse Inspired Growth and Healing) and HIP (Horse Inspired Psychotherapy) programs partner our rescued horses with people struggling from the effects of various traumas. Through experiential education and activities, our programs provide opportunities to increase the positive effects of healthy relationships both with horses and humans. We have developed a model program, Wild Horse Warriors, for returning veterans affected by PTSD, MST, Combat Stress, TBI, Anxiety, Suicide Ideation and other emotional and physical injuries incurred during Military service.
We have partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project and Save A Warrior to offer our Wild Horse Warrior Weekends. Veterans suffering from physical and/or mental wounds spend three or more days at our ranch for a weekend of healing with horses. Under the caring supervision of wild horse clinicians and therapists, the veterans stay in our cozy bunkhouses and start the gentling process with their own chosen wild horse.
In addition to veterans programs we have hosted programs for at-risk youth, Native youth groups, ex-gang members, and adults with special challenges.
“I don’t know what you did out there but the experience our Homeboys and Homegirls had at your ranch was life changing for them. I have never seen such quick and deep change in our participants. We need to keep this going and make it a weekly part of our program.”
Hector Verdugo, Associate Executive Director of Homeboy Industries
Our Healing programs can also be designed for Leadership, Corporate Team Building and Self-Empowerment retreats.