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Reins of Hope Kentucky offers new program- Operations Rucks to Reins

Reins of Hope Kentucky, Inc is offering a new program know as “Operations Rucks to Reins“ this program incorporates horses and horse care into a veteran's therapy regimen. Veterans will experience three-component program that includes ground lessons, therapeutic riding and therapeutic driving. Participants will be able to develop physical and relational skills in a non-threatening and motivational environment.

Equine-assisted therapy has known benefits for a wide range of disabilities, including improved psychosocial adjustment, improved balance and coordination, increased muscle strength, a decrease in anxiety and depression, enhanced memory and comprehension, increased utilization of positive coping skills, and improved cardiovascular function. Veterans with physical, mental and emotional disabilities often find that a horse’s three-dimensional motion facilitates balance, flexibility, muscle control and strength. Those with physical and emotional challenges are able to form a special bond with the horses.

 

-The Founder of Reins of Hope Kentucky, Inc.

”Veterans form a real, sincere bond with these horses that is hard to explain, One must be present to observe for themselves,” she added The horses and veteran connection is beautiful to experience, Horses don’t judge anyone, and veterans don’t have to pretend to be someone else, they can be themselves and experience freedom from their previous war experience.The horses truly accept individuals for who they are, which helps reassure veterans that they are not alone and a new bond of friendship is developed.”

“We can never say ‘thank you’ enough to our veterans for their service,”.

“Establishing this program is just another way for us to say thanks.”



 

There is no out-of-pocket cost for veterans to participate in this program. Operation Rucks to Reins, along with all other programs offered through our programs are funded by community donations.

Operation Rucks to Reins will be open to five veterans, guard members or reservists with a physical, mental or emotional disability. Participants must provide a medical clearance signed by a physician.

 

To help Reins of Hope Kentucky, Inc. and their programs for veterans mail check payable to Reins of Hope Kentucky

PO Box 191

Paris, Kentucky 40362

donations $250.00 - up receive receipt, for tax deduction purpose.


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