What is our Veteran Program?

Our Therapeutic Riding Instructors use equine-based therapy for both active-duty service members and veterans who have returned with physical and mental challenges as a result of their service. The goal of this program is to improve the lives of servicemen and women who have suffered injury in the line of duty, helping them adjust physically and emotionally to their post-war lives.

Equine therapy benefits for Veterans

Horses help veterans learn to develop the relationships they need to reconnect with their communities, each other, and their families. Time spent grooming and riding their horse enhances relationship-building skills, improves ability to trust others, and develops emotional awareness and empathy.

Read SSG Ruiz’s Story here.

SSGRuiz

Veteran Program Requirements

For the safety of our riders and volunteers, all riders must meet the following criteria:

  • Weigh less than 200 pounds in order to be safely dismounted in an emergency
  • Have sitting balance (side walkers can’t be asked to support the weight of the rider).
  • Have a disability that is compatible with therapeutic horsemanship and have a therapist or physician to complete a medical form
  • Present proof of service (DD214 form) as part of the application process

How to Apply for the Veteran Program

  1. Download and fill out the Rider Registration form.
  2. Email a scanned copy to info@upward-transitions.org.
  3. Applicant will be contacted by our Program Director to discuss any outstanding requirements, obtain proof of service and/or the therapist/physician medical form, and any other information.