Hearts & Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center, based in Sherwood, AR, began its veteran-focused program, Project Equus in 2013. Project Equus provides therapeutic horsemanship services that empower veterans to improve physical health, address emotional well-being, andincrease social interactions.
Asked why she was inspired to start this program, Frankie Stovall, PATH Instructor and founder of Project Equus told DVNF it was, “a result of my experiences and exposure with the military community through active participation in the National Young Marine program, volunteering at Fort Roots VA Hospital, and our local Marine Corp league,” she said.
“As a Recreational Therapist, I was inspired to offer unique services that would motivate veterans and improve their recreation and leisure lifestyles through partnership with the horse.”
After finding about DVNF’s Organizational Grant online, she applied and received a grant during the 2015 summer session.
“Having this grant has allowed me to continue to offer 100 percent free services to all veterans, regardless of service time, branch, or theater,” said Frankie.
Although the program is fairly new, some of the improvements she has seen in her veterans include: improvement in physical strength, flexibility, increased social interaction, improved memory and much more.
Asked what she wants people interested in seeking out her organization’s services to know, Frankie said, “Hearts & Hooves strives to excel in all areas of practice by providing quality services through certified professionals in a safe and respectful environment.
“I truly care for your [veteran clients] happiness and seek to help you find your way back to a healthy, joyful lifestyle.”
To see if Heart & Hooves is the right place for you, visit: www.heartsandhooves.com.
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