Divine Equine Helps People with Special Needs, Adult Trauma Victims, and Disabled Veterans Grow Confidence and Improve Emotional Expression
Anna Waller had taken her child to three other therapeutic riding centers in Texas…but none came even close to delivering the same results that Divine Equine did. In just one week, Anna watched her little one’s self-esteem soar at Divine Equine Therapeutic Riding Center.
Divine Equine took the time to teach Anna’s daughter about riding a horse. The other therapeutic riding centers, though well-intended, simply put her on a horse and walked her in circles.
It was a seemingly small thing, but Ms. Waller couldn’t have been more thankful for the dramatic improvement in her daughter’s self-esteem. She commented:
“…You’re a godsend! Thank you so, so very much and give our love to the horses! God bless always.”
It’s memorable stories like this that Divine Equine aims to create. And it’s why Mullen & Mullen proudly provides ongoing financial support to this fine organization.
Who Benefits from Divine Equine’s Services?
Divine Equine Therapeutic Riding Center’s website notes that the organization serves adults and children with “many disabilities and challenges.” These include:
- Victims of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse
- Youth at risk of serious negative impact to their academic or social progress
- People who have experienced a stroke or cardiovascular event
- Adults who have gone through any type of traumatic experience
And people with the following specific conditions:
- Down syndrome
- Sensory integration issues
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spinal cord injuries
- Spina bifida
- Brain injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Emotional disabilities
- Chemical abuse
- Hearing, visual, or speech impairments
- Learning disabilities
- Post-polio speech impairment
What Benefits Can You Expect?
You can expect amazing, and even life-changing benefits from therapeutic riding. While they usually take just a few weeks to materialize, some show up during your loved one’s very first session!
Just some of the benefits your loved one can experience include:
- Growing confidence
- Improved verbal and emotional expression
- Heightened sense of responsibility
- Increased assertiveness at school
- More initiative with daily living tasks at home
- Better relaxation in general
And you can also expect many more to come to pass because Divine Equine’s courses run from 7 – 10 weeks long!
To top all these amazing benefits off, Divine Equine prices itself reasonably so that all who need it can afford it. And scholarships are even available for those who need it most.
What about Divine Equine’s Disabled Veterans Program?
Divine Equine offers a variety of free programs and services for disabled veterans of all ages and abilities.
Because war veterans have an amazingly high suicide rate. Shocking data bears out this claim. In 2020, an average of 16.8 veterans committed suicide – per day!
The Disabled Veterans program involves 32 weeks of group horsemanship classes that improve emotional and physical well-being for veterans.
This helps veterans cope with many of the common challenges that result from war-time service, such as:
- Suicidal ideation
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Combat injuries
- Mental health challenges
- Any of the many other visible and invisible wounds of war
Some of the many benefits veterans experience include:
- Better physical and emotional balance
- Prevention of physical injuries
- Greater ease executing everyday movements
- Physical pain reduction
- Healing from emotional trauma
- Increased ability to trust others
- Reduced anxiety
- Feeling less lonely and isolated
- Improved impulse control
- Enhanced problem-solving skills
- Understanding healthy boundaries
- More assertiveness
Now you see why we love Divine Equine Therapeutic Riding Center so much, and why we’re happy to provide ongoing support to this organization.
How Can You Help People with Disabilities, Adult Victims of Trauma, and Disabled Veterans?
Divine Equine Therapeutic Riding Center can always use more volunteers and additional financial assistance. The number of those in need of its services is simply too great.
To become a volunteer, please follow this link and click the red “Volunteer Application Online” button at the end of the page.
To make a financial donation, follow this link and then click the red “Donate” button near the bottom of the page.
Shelley is the Director of Marketing for Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.