Our Services

At Heroes & Horses, the people we serve and the horses in our herd are at the center of each of the programs we offer. Our experienced facilitators help military veterans, first responders, everyday heroes and their families realize their full emotional potential through Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Therapy.

Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy is an effective complement or alternative to traditional counseling or therapy. We employ the herd dynamic to facilitate self-discovery and healing in a safe, outdoor environment.

Our services and programs include personal work, team collaboration, self-care and horse care, all centered around interaction with a herd of rescue horses. All programs take place in the picturesque Prescott Quad Cities area of northern Arizona, though we serve clients from across the United States and around the world.

Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Therapy Programs

We offer Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Therapy programs tailored to the needs of individuals and groups. Examples of our programs are as follows:

Women’s Veterans Group

This program draws on the power of equine to address issues uniquely experienced by women who have served in the military. Typical program length is five to seven weeks, with weekly 90-minute sessions. The closed group organically addresses challenges that are common among the members of the group and those that are unique to the individual. Challenges include, but are not limited to, PTSD, grief and loss, domestic violence, abuse, family dynamics, relationships, military sexual trauma, gender dysphoria, isolation and abandonment.

 Men’s Veterans Group

This program draws on the power of equine to address issues uniquely experienced by men who have served in the military. Typical program length is five to seven weeks, with weekly 90-minute sessions. The closed group organically addresses challenges that are common among the members of the group and those that are unique to the individual. Challenges include, but are not limited to, PTSD, grief and loss, domestic violence, abuse, family dynamics, relationships, gender dysphoria, isolation and abandonment.

Veteran Individual Sessions

Individual sessions are available for veterans to meet with a coach and an equine partner, and may include additional support from other professionals as necessary. These sessions serve as a compliment or an alternative to traditional psychotherapy. We work with the veteran to facilitate the natural process of healing outside the confines of an office, developing much needed connection and re-establishing a sense of safety. Individual sessions may include work on: communication, trust, connection, problem solving, mindfulness and more. Sessions are facilitated by a trained equine professional, life coach, therapist, or peer support, depending on the circumstance.

Military Family: Preparation for Family Separation

This five- to seven-week program, which is designed to accommodate either an individual family or multiple families, provides a shared experience that addresses the challenges for both the service member and their family in preparing for separation. Each session is held inside the Herd Dynamic, with family members connecting with an equine partner that represents a consistent presence. The sessions provide a safe place for expression with a trusting partner, which has been shown to reduce feelings of abandonment and isolation.

The program helps normalize natural emotions which can include:

  • The impending loss of the presence of a family member
  • A shift in familial roles
  • Creating a support herd (“battle buddies” for families)
  • Goal-setting and mission identification
  • Loss of parental/spousal guidance and presence

Military Family: Living One Day at a Time During Family Separation

This five- to seven-week program provides a shared experience that addresses the challenges for both the service member and their family during separation. The sessions provide a safe place for expression with a trusting partner, which helps reduce feelings of abandonment and isolation.

The program helps normalize natural emotions that accompany:

  • The loss of the presence of a family member
  • A shift in familial roles
  • Creating a support herd (“battle buddies” for families)
  • Goal-setting and mission identification
  • Loss of parental/spousal guidance

Military Family: Preparation for Family Reunification

While families often embrace the return of their service member after active duty, there are natural challenges that accompany the reintegration process. In this program, family members will have experienced the equine herd dynamic as a consistent presence and safe place for expression, helping to ease the process of change.

The program helps normalize natural emotions which can include:

  • The return or pending return of their service member
  • Questions such as: “Who will they be?” “How will my role in the family change?” “Will they still love me even though I have changed?”
  • The shift in dynamic upon the return of a member of the herd

Horsemanship for Veterans

Integrating horsemanship with the language of the Stages of Change and recovery principles, participants learn about their horse and about themselves.

Northern Arizona VA and Yavapai County Veterans Treatment Court

In partnership with the Northern Arizona Veterans Administration, we offer ongoing Equine Assisted Learning for clients of the VA Domiciliary and Mental Health I.O.P. programs. Also, in partnership with the Yavapai County Veterans Treatment Court, we offer ongoing programming for veterans involved in the treatment or diversionary program.

First Responders and Families

First responders and their families can face significant emotional, mental and societal challenges. PTSD, isolation, anger, depression, addiction and challenges with emotional intimacy are all common. An important way to manage natural occupational challenges is for both the first responder and his or her family members to work toward the best possible outcome.

This five- to seven-week program is designed to help both the first responder and families avoid or escape a destructive cycle. It is common for the family to recognize the need for help before the individual does; the first responder is not required to participate in the program in order for his or her family to participate. The program provides each participant with a clearer perspective of each family member and helps participants develop a context for expression in order to keep the channels of communication open.

First Responder Individual Sessions

Individual sessions are available for first responders to meet with a coach and an equine partner, with support from additional professionals as needed. These sessions serve as a complement or an alternative to traditional psychotherapy. We work with the first responder to facilitate the natural process of healing outside the confines of an office, developing much needed connection and re-establishing a sense of safety. Individual sessions may include work on: communication, trust, connection, problem solving, mindfulness and more. Sessions are facilitated by a trained equine professional, life coach, therapist or peer specialist, depending on circumstance.

Women’s First Responders Group

This program draws on the power of equine to address issues uniquely experienced by women first responders. Typical program length is five to seven weeks with weekly 90-minute sessions. The closed group organically addresses challenges that are common among the members of the group and those that are unique to the individual. These challenges may include, but are not limited to, PTSD, grief and loss, domestic violence, abuse, family dynamics, relationships, gender dysphoria, isolation and abandonment.

Men’s First Responders Group

This program draws on the power of equine to address issues uniquely experienced by men first responders. Typical program length is five to seven weeks with weekly 90-minute sessions. The closed group organically addresses challenges that are common among the members of the group and those that are unique to the individual. These challenges may include, but are not limited to, PTSD, grief and loss, domestic violence, abuse, family dynamics, relationships, gender dysphoria, isolation and abandonment.

Horsemanship for First Responders

Integrating horsemanship with the language of the Stages of Change and recovery principles, participants learn about their horse and about themselves.

For service providers, community agencies and the general corporate community: we offer unique equine assisted team development opportunities designed to strengthen group connectivity, increase organizational effectiveness, facilitate teamwork and bolster self-confidence. Workshops are customizable and include interaction with a herd of rescue horses.

Professional and Personal Development Workshops

For individuals who work alongside or in support of veterans or first responders and others, we offer impactful, experiential workshops designed to increase professional communication and facilitation skills in addition to exploring alternative methods of working with clients.

Treatment Center Contracts

For private recovery treatment centers and mental health facilities, our sister company, For Clarity, offers Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Therapy (I.O.P.) to help address challenges such as substance use disorder, compulsive gambling and other disorders as well as dual diagnosis concerns. For more information, please contact us at: 928 231-2351 or email: forclarity2@gmail.com.