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HeadWinds Equine Services for Heroes

 Frequently Asked Questions



How do I qualify for services and how do I get started?

 If you are a veteran how has served in uniform to protect this country qualifies for any and all services provided by HeadWinds. This also includes Spouse and children.

A completed enrollment packet is required before activities can start. Enrollment packets may include: contact information, general health history, liability release, rider profiles and emergency contact information. These packets are confidential and only the acting certified equine specialist/ instructor has access.

 Can I be referred by my health professional?

Yes, if there is a referral from an acting Physical Therapist or Mental Health professional, treatment plans and strategies, if any are coordinated by the acting health professional and the Equine Specialist/instructor together. What does it cost? No cost. Although there is a one-time enrollment fee of $25.00 that is taken from program sponsorships awarded to individuals in long-term enrollment commitments, there is no out of pocket cost for any services provided by HeadWinds Equine Services for Heroes. This one-time cost is for administrative purposes only.

Does my age or disability mater?

No. We serve all veterans of any age and accommodate each to their level of disability by modifying activities accordingly.

Who sets my goals if I don’t have an acting health professional involved?

Each participant can identify their own goals for the program.

What is Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP)?

EFP is facilitated by a licensed, credentialed mental health professional working with an appropriately credentialed equine professional. EFP may be facilitated by a mental health professional who is dually credentialed as an equine professional. It is experiential psychotherapy that includes equine(s). It may include, but is not limited to, a number of mutually respectful equine activities such as handling, grooming, lungeing, riding, driving, and vaulting.

What is meant by horse partnership?

With those dealing PTSD, where social settings have the potential to be overwhelming, the HeadWinds program allows Veterans to work individually with a horse and therapist. Building a Veteran’s confidence and relationship with the horse translates into skills that can be used in day-to-day life. This is a therapeutic experience that focuses on the close bond between horse and rider/handler.

The horse is a critically important, sentient member of this partnership and this team can also consist of the equine, a mental health professional or educator, an equine specialist and the veteran as well. It is important that the horse is considered a full partner within these sessions, protected from harm, fear or stress. This philosophy is very important for HeadWinds to implement as a whole to ensure that both the veteran and horse don’t experience undue harm or stress, as well as to ensure quality care, emotional, and physical well being of the veteran and the equine partner.

Are there any precautions or contraindications to EFP?

Yes, A “contraindication” is defined as a condition or factor that increases the risks involved in using a particular drug, carrying out a medical procedure, or engaging in a particular activity. A “precaution” is defined as increased awareness or steps that are taken to prevent or reduce the likelihood of emotional or physical harm.

What is Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) ?

EFL Includes equine activities incorporating the experience of equine/human interaction in an environment of learning or self-discovery. EFL promotes personal exploration of feelings and behaviors in an educational format. It is conducted by a PATH Int. certified instructor, an educator or a therapist. Goals may be related to self-improvement, social interaction and/or education. It may include, but is not limited to, a number of mutually respectful equine activities such as handling, grooming, lunging, riding, driving, and vaulting.

What is Therapeutic Riding (TR) ?

Mounted activities including traditional riding disciplines or adaptive riding activities conducted by a PATH Int. certified instructor. ). It may include, but is not limited to, a number of mutually respectful equine activities such as handling, grooming, lunging, riding, driving, and vaulting.

What is Hippotherapy (HPOT) ?

Hippotherapy As A Treatment Strategy: Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes. ”Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing, and. motor planning. Equine movement offers well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual channels”