Are you familiar with Good Hope Equestrian Training Center (GHETC)? We've been a proud supporter for many years and were happy to donate to their recent golf tournament. We'd like to share what they were fundraising for - Horses Helping Heroes. The program has already provided equine assisted activities to more than 200 veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury, amputations, post-traumatic stress disorder and spinal cord injuries.
“We are helping our veterans to develop leisure skills and friendships, while also aiding them in their rehabilitative goals,” said Peggy Bass, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Center. “In light of our documented and observational findings, we have found that the Good Hope Horses Helping Heroes project has helped the veterans in the following ways: increased self-confidence, depression and anxiety reduction, as well as decreased feelings of isolation and impulse modulation.”
Good Hope is a 20 acre facility in the Redlands that includes 14 horses, stables, riding areas, picnic areas and a clubhouse. In addition to the Horses Helping Heroes project, they help 400 disabled children and adults find hope and independence through working with horses. To find out how you can get involved call Good Hope Equestrian Training Center at 305-258-2838 or visit www.ghetc.org
Photo: Erick Hernandez, 30, was an aircraft machinist’s mate in the U. S. Navy immobilized with a spinal cord injury. Hernandez is one of more than 180 returned veterans whose lives are being changed through the Horses Helping Heroes program at Good Hope Equestrian Training Center. (courtesy of Good Hope's Website)