Program Components

Equine-Facilitated Learning (EFL)

EFL is an educational approach to equine-assisted activities where curriculum is developed by credentialed instructors with the intent to facilitate personal growth and development of life skills through equine interactions. Benefits of EFL include:

  • Developing a strong work ethic through dedication, time, and effort in caring for horses
  • Fostering self-esteem and self-confidence through learning to care for and communicate with the horse
  • Helping better understand the role of non-verbal communication cues in our interactions with one another
  • Enhancing self-awareness and how our behaviors affect others

Therapeutic Ground Work

Therapeutic Ground Work interaction and instruction using horses with the purpose of contributing positively to cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of the individual through learning horsemanship skills.  Benefits of therapeutic groundwork include:

  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Improved breathing and circulation
  • Boosting self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Reduction in tension and anxiety
  • Improvement in memory and sequencing abilities
  • Opportunities for positive interpersonal relationships
  • Feeling of community with supportive veterans

Volunteer Support

Volunteers are the backbone of V.E.T.S.  Without their hard work and dedication, we would not be able to fulfill our commitment to our veterans.  There are several opportunities for you to serve, either during program activities, or in other capacities.  Some of our volunteer positions are:

  • stable hands
  • horse handlers
  • facilities maintenance
  • photographers
  • greeters
  • special events coordinators
  • office volunteers
  • outreach