For the veteran family that is interested, we work with Throwaway Ponies that used to be located in Rockwall, TX and recently relocated to Farmersville, TX. Throwaway Ponies rescues horses from farms that can no longer care for them and rehabilitate them and give them new purpose. Their core program is rehabilitation and therapy riding. **Therapeutic Riding opens new pathways of mental and emotional rehabilitation. The rhythmic and rocking gait of the horse transfers a gentle three-dimensional movement to the rider that relaxes muscles, improves muscle tone, flexibility and balance, and enhances spatial awareness. Outdoors with a team of encouraging volunteers and a supportive horse, self-control, self-esteem, self-confidence and independence grows. Rehabilitation becomes a joy rather than a chore. They are a 501(c)(3) non profit that relies completely on volunteers and donations to care for these magnificent creatures. What we do in introduce the veteran family to them and work along with them in pairing with horses and helping around the ranch. Working with horses has proven to provide great therapy for vets that have been diagnosed with PTS and TPI as well as helping families bond.
If you or anyone you know could benefit from this outdoor experience please contact us today through the Adventure Grant Application page.
**quoted from www.throwawayponies.org