Horses, no other animal has done more for us. They are bigger, faster and stronger than we are. What makes horses and humans so perfect for each other? When I’m with my horse, riding or just being with him, I forget how big he is, as we touch and draw comfort from each other I forget the hurts I’ve experienced and gather strength to face the world. Has God created a perfect partner?
Pennsylvania Warhorse’s mission is to assist active military / veterans, 1st Responders, and their families suffering from invisible, psychological wounds by providing confidential, action-based, equine-assisted therapy initiating immediate and empowering changes.
Pennsylvania Warhorse seeks to be part of the solution to the growing number of suicides, post-traumatic stress and other barriers to those suffering and assist them with leading happy, healthy lives.
Help those suffering from PTSD; and Help Off The Track Thoroughbred horse transition from the track to a new career.
For those suffering from PTSD to provide a safe space for personal growth through equine assisted activities for active military, veterans, 1st Responders, and their families suffering from trauma and loss, and those who are struggling with cognitive and emotional challenges. Pennsylvania Warhorse initially plans to offer services to Active Military, Veterans and 1st Responders and their families and will expand to Victims of Sexual Abuse and their families using equine-assisted psychotherapy.
Retiring thoroughbred race horses, will be taken from the racetrack and Pennsylvania Warhorse will train and rehome them. As part of their retraining, these warhorses will help those suffering from mental stress and moral injuries. Racehorses are pushed to their absolute limit and when their careers end, finding their way presents challenges. This is very much like those faced by veterans when transitioning from military to civilian life. Our program will pair world-class veterans with world-class thoroughbreds.
While being bred in Pennsylvania, Dillinger was in New York to train as a racehorse. He suffered an injury and his owner decided that he wouldn’t continue training for the racetrack. Dillinger came back to Pennsylvania as a 3 year old He’s lived with Donna since then and helped her through her own PTSD and emotional trauma. He’s outgoing and without him Pennsylvania Warhorse would be happening.
We’re starting with one (where everything starts) and we’ll build our herds – both people and horses.