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heartbeat warrior
Oct. 5, 2009, 07:28 PM
Hi All,
I wanted to post a new program my 501c3 non-profit is going to be offerering to our wounded warriors. Equine Assisted Therapy which will include licensed professionals for Hippotherapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. I am very excited about this.

I am in WA state. We will be doing the program on a 50 acre ranch which is donating their area. At this time they have 5-6 horses we will be using. I have a medical team volunteering their time as well.

In case you want to help we will need:

Contacts for hay and grain dealers that will donate
Helmets in good condition to donate for riding
Volunteers to help that have been around horses.
Of course as always cash donations..

Thanks for helping me spread the word!
Janice
Heartbeat Warrior
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org
janice@heartbeatforwarriors.org

Bluey
Oct. 5, 2009, 07:48 PM
Did you notice the forum just for groups like yours?
You may want to post there.:)

SLW
Oct. 5, 2009, 09:12 PM
A most worthy cause....giving this a bump.

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 5, 2009, 09:47 PM
Hi All,
I wanted to post a new program my 501c3 non-profit is going to be offerering to our wounded warriors. Equine Assisted Therapy which will include licensed professionals for Hippotherapy and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. I am very excited about this.

I am in WA state. We will be doing the program on a 50 acre ranch which is donating their area. At this time they have 5-6 horses we will be using. I have a medical team volunteering their time as well.

In case you want to help we will need:

Contacts for hay and grain dealers that will donate
Helmets in good condition to donate for riding
Volunteers to help that have been around horses.
Of course as always cash donations..

Thanks for helping me spread the word!
Janice
Heartbeat Warrior
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org
janice@heartbeatforwarriors.org

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 5, 2009, 09:52 PM
Hello
yes and thank you! i am posting all over the place:)
Janice
heartbeat warrior
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org

whicker
Oct. 5, 2009, 10:58 PM
I spoke to some Veteran's Administration human resource officers at the Federal Dispute Resolution Conference in Phoenix about the concept of a horse related program and they were quite interested and there is money available to fund it.

Would you please tell us more about your program? How did you make contact with the wounded warriors program?

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 6, 2009, 12:51 AM
Thank you so much for asking.!:)

I would love to know how the VA in Arizona has funding for that and if it is across the board to other states. I have made contact with the VA here and they have no funding for it. But that does not stop me.

I am looking at start date of Nov 1 of this yr. I have been serving military families in WA for 4 yrs so i have made excellent contacts with the commands for wounded warriors. It is pretty easy.

The Commanders are supportive of my efforts with this program. I am working with and they are volunteering for the time, OT person from the Army hospital here, a Psychologist from the same and 2 Social Workers. All EAGALA cert as well. We are going to do the hippotherapy and the Equine assisted Psychotherapy. I am very excited.

What else can i share with you? are you wanting to do this in Arizona?
Thankyou!
Janice
heartbeat Warrior

pintopiaffe
Oct. 6, 2009, 08:18 AM
I am hoping to do the same starting in the Spring! Could I contact you (or vice versa) to find out how you are structuring it etc.?

I'm on the opposite coast (as far opposite as can be!) in ME.

I'm hoping to do recreational riding (trails available) as well as the type of riding we do for Special Olympians & Special Students which is more along the lines of phsychotherapy, though I am FAR from licensed or accreddited as such.

The horses on the other hand... ;)

Eventer55
Oct. 6, 2009, 09:11 AM
Thanks, I'm glad you posted here. My husband is a former marine and now works with TBI soldiers. We of course have horses, so this is very special to us. I'm forwarding it to him.

thanks again.

naters
Oct. 6, 2009, 09:16 AM
Hi - My mother is a case manager for the actual wounded warriors battalion/program at Fort Bragg NC, and we have a equine program here, that she runs on her own time.

However, we have had little to no support from the actual Wounded Warriors Program itself (ie: the WWP allowing the soldiers to participate as one of their optional activities/therapies)

Have you had sucess gettting the actual WWP to support this?

If so - do you have a contact name/# that you would be willing to PM me?

Thanks!!!

Susan P
Oct. 6, 2009, 09:26 AM
What a great cause, we should have a program here in Chester County, PA too. I can't think of anyone more worthy to help than those brave soldiers who put their lives and safety on the line for all Americans and this country. They deserve the best, though they sacrifice everything for very little appreciation and pay.

I love this idea and wish I could use my farm for this purpose. Anyone out here near me interested?

God bless our veterans!

danceronice
Oct. 6, 2009, 11:02 AM
Tangentally, I saw a show on the Smithsonian Channel about Arlington Cemetery, and it turns out that they are using the caisson horses there to do therapeutic riding for wounded veterans! I thought it was a great idea.

If anyone has plans for one of these programs around southwest Michigan/northwest Indiana, let me know! It would be a great thing to volunteer (I've done mostly leading, a little sidewalking, and tacking/grooming and working/warming up program horses, from an Arab pony brat who wouldn't let anyone else lead her to a 7/8 Perch.)

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 6, 2009, 01:20 PM
Good Morning
i am happy to talk to anyone who also wants to start something like this up..I am just in the beginning stages but i am happy to share what i have learned. I am actually on my way to a meeting with all the medical people involved.

Just so you know my background..I am not a professional..i was a single mom vet tech when i started a non-profit to serve wounded warriors and their families. So it really just takes stepping out and going with your passion. I heard once that passion will take you farther than logic says you should go:)
I am there!:lol:

Feel free to contact me by email: janice@heartbeatforwarriors.org
or by phone: 425-931-1047
Thanks
Janice
Heartbeat Warrior
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org

whicker
Oct. 6, 2009, 01:47 PM
I haven't had the chance yet to ask my DH about who to ask for the key question of getting the funding from V.A. I will let you know as soon as I get info. I suspect you have to be on the GSA list (government services administration) but that is just my guess.

WindyIsles
Oct. 6, 2009, 02:05 PM
I just want to say thank you for doing this :)

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 7, 2009, 02:21 AM
Hi Ya Whicker: is your husband deployed? obviously you are a military family. Thank you so much for your courage! let me know if i can help share in any way..I am learning as i go. :) thanks for letting me know re VA..

Sassenach: thanks! honestly it is my honor and privlege to serve these awesome families..I am living my dream!!;)

We are also looking at doing this for the families of wounded..down the road...one step at a time:)

Janice
Heartbeat Warrior
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 7, 2009, 02:35 AM
Hi all....thanks for posting !

Eventer55: Thank you to you and your husband for your service to our country.. Equine Assisted Therapy is a very worth while therapy for TBI ..
Thankyou!

Naters: is your mom a nurse case manager for the WTU ( warrior transisition unit) at Ft Bragg.? that is awesome! Do you want to call me and i can share more relative to your questions?
Don't give up!
Janice
Heartbeat Warrior
janice@heartbeatforwarriors.org
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org
425-931-1047

naters
Oct. 7, 2009, 08:38 AM
Yep, she actually just transitioned to a private clinic, as the batallion was undergoing some reorganization. That is terriffic! I will pass along your information to her ASAP!

Thank you so much - sending you both an email now!

whicker
Oct. 7, 2009, 04:02 PM
Hi Heartbeat Warrior,

Heartbeat Warrior,

Actually, my DH is one of the major gurus in the Human Resource world. He was one of the major presenters at the Federal Dispute Resolution Conference. He also has done much work in the private sector. If you want to learn more, go to www.Carlmoore.com. Yes, he has had major assignments in the Navy JAG. and the Department of Defense (I met him much later, when he was at the U.S. senate)

He loves horses. Because of my passion and work with horses, he rode and learned horse body language. We are quite interested and involved with EEO issues. I rode upper level eventing for a number of years during the Le Goff era. When we first met, we swap books that we had written. His was the major textbook on EEO law and mine was on horsemanship.

He has back problems now, so he can't ride. He is out snuggling our horses every chance he gets. I hope that stem cell treatments for his back will get him back on the saddle.

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 9, 2009, 02:25 AM
Hi everyone!
just in case anyone knows anyone that wants to get involved in this. For our Equine Assisted Therapy program for wounded warriors in WA. we are looking for

1) Helmets for Heroes! any adult gently used riding helmets are needed for our program
2) Riding boots, adult sizes ( more for men) or cowboy boots gently used sizes
8-13

Thanks very much...if you want to donate these items and ship to me..I can give you a tax receipt..

Janice
Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org
janice@heartbeatforwarriors.org
3 425-931-1047

Ethalo2
Oct. 9, 2009, 07:48 PM
I work at Maryland Therapeutic Riding where we have had our Horses for Heros program going for just under 1 year, we work with the vets from Ft. Meade. It is probably one of the most rewarding programs you could ever be involved in. We were lucky enough to have also been featured on NBC Nightly News a couple months ago. The men and women who serve our country are such wonderful individuals, you'll never regret getting into this type of program.

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 10, 2009, 01:50 AM
Great Job In Maryland!! i applaud your work! we are very excited..

Does anyone know of a good company, not store that might be willing to donate some helmets and boots for riding for our warriors? i am just googling but some are just online stores. I want to get to a company;)

Thank you!
Janice
Heartbeat Warrior
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org

pintopiaffe
Oct. 10, 2009, 10:25 AM
It is very, very enouraging to see that there are successful programs up and running I can point to!

HW--how about Troxel & International? Both have websites with contact info. International did/does a very good deal with the instructor certification program CHA, so might be willing to help out. (boy, if they are--let them know there are more of us getting going!)

I need the winter to get the horses really bombproof for therapeutic use, and I don't have an indoor, hence the hopeful-spring-startup. (plus Uncle Sam *will* help when he returns my tax money in March. :p )

I have had one person interested in donating a suitable bigger horse (mine aren't so big) but the horse is in TN. If anyone thinks they could help, I don't think I'll have tax exempt stuff going until 2010, but I sure could use a ride from TN to anywhere in New England/NY/PA that's within 5 or 6 hrs of Boston.

For me I lost my full time job in July, and it has become an unbelievable opportunity, at least that's the dream and the prayer!

pintopiaffe
Oct. 10, 2009, 10:31 AM
PS: name I've come up with is "Wings for Wounded Warriors" based on the quotes

"Horses lend us the wings we lack" and the Shakespeare quote

"When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it;"

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 10, 2009, 03:10 PM
Pintopiaff
wow, that is very exciting and i LOVE the name!! there are different types of therapy as you may well be aware of. We are going to be doing hippotherapy and Equine Assisted pyschotherapy. There is a wonderful ranch that is donating their place for this with 5-6 horses for us to start up with.I have the medical people who are at the military hospital donating their time which is very awesome..I think there is a huge need all over and i am very excited about yours. We can encourage each other :)

Re your 501c3 let me know if i can help. I know there are a couple of ways to expedite it..mine only took 8 weeks which is a miracle.

thanks for the word on helmets. I actually had gone to Troxel and they had a list of local distributors so i am hitting them up as well.Let me know when yours is up and going and i can list it on my website for warriors in your area.

Janice
Heartbeat Warrior
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org

dizzywriter
Oct. 10, 2009, 10:43 PM
"When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it;"

What a beautiful quote.

I have paddock boots (size eight) and half chaps (for a slim calf) that I could donate. PM me with the info, including your name and the registration info for the non-profit.

My nephew is in officer training school for the army. He's a wonderful boy. A man, but still a boy and I dread to think of what might happen to him. It's so good to know people are out there serving those who serve our country.

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 11, 2009, 01:17 AM
Dizzywriter

Oh thank you sooo much!! :eek:that is awesome of you!! i sent you a PM..let me know what else you need. Thank you soo much! and a huge thankyou to your courageous nephew!
Heartbeat Warrior
www.heartbeatforwarriors.org

dizzywriter
Oct. 11, 2009, 03:07 PM
Janice:
For some reason, PM isn't letting me reply to you. No need to send me the IRS form.
I'm packing up the stuff and will include the information you asked for. I'm assuming the cost of shipping is also deductible?

heartbeat warrior
Oct. 11, 2009, 03:15 PM
Dizzywriter
yes everything is deductible. Thank you very much!
Janice
Heartbeat Warrior

chai
Oct. 14, 2009, 01:11 PM
I have volunteered in Horses4Heroes and it is a powerful program. Good luck with yours.

HOOF123
May. 29, 2010, 05:09 PM
what states is this offered

nlk
May. 31, 2010, 08:39 PM
This is AMAZING! I not only come from barn that does therapeutic riding but I have a husband who is a Veteran.

I am going to look at getting a program started, I think it's amazing!

chai
Jun. 3, 2010, 07:22 PM
I am trying to start a similar program where I teach TR. I attended a seminar on PTSD and therapeutic horseback riding, and I am determined to find a way to help our veterans. I had a frustrating lack of interest from the Veteran's Outreach nearby, despite my calls and invitations for them to come and visit our farm to learn more. I have volunteered in this type of program so I have seen firsthand how beneficial it can be.
Best of luck with your program, and hopefully ours will be up and running soon, too.

bumknees
Jun. 7, 2010, 08:37 AM
YOu may for fuding et al want to contact the various veterans orgnizations in your area. The VFW, American leigon and the county veterans Service commission( that is what it is called here other states I dont have a clue.

I know that on the disrtict level here the incomming persident of the ladies auxiliary is intrested in havig this as her charity to help veterans this year. ( if not it most certinally will be when I get into that position in mm 3 yrs)
not knowing Washington state that well here is the Department ( state) of WA aux website information they should be able to direct you to the local and district posts in your area. And who knows maybe the Department can help as well.
DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON
Dept. Web Site: www.auxdeptwa.org (http://www.auxdeptwa.org/)
President: Nikki Benjamin
nikkibenjamin@comcast.net (nikkibenjamin@comcast.net)
Secretary-Treasurer: Toni Martin
tonimartin07@gmail.com (tonimartin07@gmail.com)
Youth Activities Chairman: Jennifer Viestenz
foolsjay@msn.com (foolsjay@msn.com)

Here is the VFW department contact for Washington State.
WASHINGTON (253) 922-2114
vfwstateofwa@aol.com (vfwstateofwa@aol.com)

YOu may also want to contact the Military order of the Cootie. They are a branch/ off shoot of the VFW. They are basically there for hospital and the like stuff but this concerns vets et al who are wounded.. I would email the supreme cootie and ask where there is a local cootie what ever it is called( I dont remember what they are called as I am not a member though ellegable..
http://www.lotcs.org/

Here is the state level to the American legion
http://www.walegion.org/
If you scroll down to a clicky thing on the left that says posts or something like that it wil bring up the posts maybe one in your area.

here is the veterans services in spokane county if this is not your county they can direct you in the correct direction to contact you local one.
https://www.spokanecounty.org/veteran/content.aspx?c=1833

That is all I can think of right now. But this should get you a good start.