Reins Of Hope | Horses, Veterans, Military Personnel, And Families

Last week on November 5th Reins of Hope (R.O.H) held a celebration of life party in Ojai for Chrome. Chrome was a much-beloved horse who served military personnel, veterans, and the public alike. This splendid organization offers opportunities for healing to our veteran and military community and their families through ongoing programs including the Warrior Program and Veterans Retreats. Goals include empowering clients to improve communication, develop problem-solving skills, decrease mental health issues, and build confidence and trust in oneself and in relationships.

Chrome, Reins Of Hope

What is the Warrior Program:

The Warrior program began in 2010 and since then thousands of veterans and their families have walked into the Reins of Hope arenas and found the only safe space they know.

Holding a top EAGALA Distinguished Site Award, representing the top 2% in the world and as one of only 11 designated EAGALA Military Services Providers in the United States, Reins of H.O.P.E brings years of experience working with veterans and active duty personnel and their families. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy(EAP) is an alternative, evidence-based and solutions-based therapeutic modality found to assist participants in ways unique and often superior to the more passive counseling formats. We have found it particularly effective in treating the effects of trauma and issues of transition, grief, anger and trust.


EAP uses the unique qualities and sensitivities of the horse and engages clients experimentially and allows clients to observe the herd and the environment. Observing provides an opportunity for clients to project their beliefs and as such share about themselves in a way that is emotionally safe and insightful. Because horses are prey and herd animals, they are highly-attuned to subliminal energy and hyper-alert to their environment, similar to those suffering from PTSD. Within sessions, our horses mirror clients’ fears, frustrations, stress and relationship problems. With the aid of the therapeutic team of horses, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and certified Equine Specialist, clients learn to understand their own internal processes more readily than with talk therapy. EAP is therapy through a different lens and is solution oriented where clients work out the problems themselves through their own observations with the horses.


We are EAGALA Military Services Designation

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is currently offered to military personnel in various locations throughout the United States. It is a powerful, short term experiential therapy that is highly effective in developing resilience and adaptability in civilian as well as military life. There is no riding. Equine sessions develop coping skills for PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), anger, depression, addiction and grief.

Time spent with the horses, out in a natural setting fosters trust, respect, problem-solving skills, improved communication and healthier relationships. The horses are co-therapists that offer a healing presence and have the unique ability to mirror their clients. They model authenticity, how to be congruent and immerse completely in the moment. Metaphors emerge during the sessions, revealing attitudes and patterns of behavior. These stimulate insights readily transferable to day to day life.


Human Opportunity Partnering with Equines


Why Horses?

Horses have lived on this planet for over 50 million years by being skilled at keeping themselves safe and adept at survival, relying on their herd for protection, while humans have been around only a couple 100,000 years. We can learn so much from horses and the idea of being a herd, protecting and living together as one. In many respects, humans have lost the instinct to keep themselves safe and healthy. Our therapy entrusts horses to show us the way back to health.

Reins of H.O.P.E.  is a non-profit organization providing cost free equine assisted psychotherapy to at-risk youth, veterans, active Military and their families. Donate today and join our Herd of Healers and collectively we will protect those in need of support in our community.

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