The War Horse Project is for Canadian Forces Members and First Responders who have been injured or sustained illnesses, PTSD and other tramas. This program uses the innate abilities of horses to teach skills required to rebuild, repair and enhance the personal life and relationships of Forces Members who have been adversely affected by trauma.
The War Horse Project enables Forces Members to first address their own mental health and well-being concerns by engaging in activities of self-discovery and self-regulation (in the equine arena) in a multiphase program.
This multiphase approach addresses the entire family's health and support needs. Phase 1 of the program addresses issues, injururies and trauma individually with the Member, and Phase 2 introduces the family into the sessions, where we can deliver an effective program that addresses the entire family's needs with greater results.
The model and methods we employ are based on the understanding of the psychology of the horse where we choose to develop a relationship over forcing it.
During this process, the effects of trauma will present themselves, and are processed with the trauma therapist and facilitators present in the session.
So, why horses? Horses' reactions and responses to behaviors are similar to humans. Horses do not offer unconditional anything until a balanced relationship is built. Human behavior/response is tied to past and present, while the horse lives in the moment, therefore able to give honest, immediate feedback.
Learn much more about the contents of the program by watching the WAR HORSE PROJECT POWERPOINT PRESENTATION.