Bridle Paths serves veterans, service members, and their families at no cost to them. Services include weekly adaptive riding and horsemanship sessions and one-time visits for individuals and families, as well as 6-8 week equine-assisted learning groups focused on the cultivation of relationships, communication, and connection. Our sessions address physical, cognitive, social, and recreational goals. We also offer equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions staffed by an equine specialist and a licensed mental health provider.
Bridle Paths was fortunate to receive funding through the Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant Program* to offer eight-week equine assisted psychotherapy groups. These groups are designed around the concept of the horse’s reflective behavior, and are appropriate for participants with physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and psychological needs (including traumatic brain injury), and for those working toward post-deployment transition and reintegration. These groups address themes such as communication, connection, change, boundaries, safety, belonging and fit, collaboration, and post-traumatic growth.
* These groups are funded by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.