Marybeth Conley featured WarHorses for Heroes on her "Make a Difference Monday" segment on Live@9 on WREG Channel 3. Jeb and Rocky got a bath, a pedicure, a shave and a haircut, and Trey and Billy brought them out to the studio for the interview. Rocky made lots of friends with the crew and other interviewers, and stole the show during the interview! What a ham! Jeb didn't want to leave the lush grass of the field behind the station, and Rocky said he'd be on TV everyday if the buffet is this good! We were so proud of Trey and Billy for sounding confident and eloquent for their first TV interview for WarHorses for Heroes. In case you missed it, you can watch the interview here.
Horse Nation is a national equestrian news site with a readership of over 30,00 people per day! Each Friday, Horse Nation teams up with Ovation Riding to spotlight an individual or organization doing good work in the horse world. On May 13, they recognized Warhorses for Heroes, an equine program for service men and women. They interviewed our very own Sara Beth Raab to find out all about what we do.
We Received a New Mounting Block
We are so excited about our new mounting block! It still needs to be stained, but it's already helping our veterans mount and dismount more easily and safely. Thank you to Sheila Oles for finding it, to our donor for donating it, and to Doug Enright for his carpentry skills transforming it from stairs to a mounting block!
Channel News 5 Interviewed Us
Amelia from Channel News 5 came out to Oak View to interview our instructors and veterans last week! We are so excited to be gaining some notice in the community. Thanks Amelia for your interest and support! You can read the article here: http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/31584456/military-veterans-receive-healing-from-mid-south-horses
We've Launched Our Web Presence!
While our instructors are working with our horses and teaching our veterans, our behind the scenes team has been working on our website, facebook page and online donation page. We will be continually adding to them so that we can provide you with all the news and information you need to help us improve the rehabilitation of veterans through equine therapy. Check them out!
Another Group of Veterans Has Joined Us
After a few successful weeks with the veterans, we have added another weekly session! Another therapist saw value in the equine activities that WarHorses for Heroes is hosting, and has begun to bring new patients out for a 6 week equine program. We are teaching the veterans to groom, lead, and interact with our horses, but the veterans are teaching us so much about the power of meeting a horse for the first time.
Our First Therapy Session
We have recently connected with the VA, and through a wonderful new partnership, we were able to invite our first veterans out to the farm to meet our eager warhorses! They got to groom a horse, then we put a western saddle on Jeb and led a few of them around our indoor arena. Thank goodness for our indoor on gloomy winter days! On the right you can see Billy explaining how to correctly clean out a horse's hoof.
We are so excited to get started, and so grateful for the therapists at the VA who are supporting our efforts and connecting us with veterans in need!