Phone Number: 505.798.2535
Call Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday ~ Friday
Horses For Heroes- New Mexico, Inc.
P.O. Box 1882
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Location: Crossed Arrows Ranch, Santa Fe, New Mexico ~ By appointment only
Horses For Heroes - New Mexico, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Cowboy Up! is a unique horsemanship, wellness and skill-set restructuring program based in Santa Fe, NM free to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan
Veterans and active military (both men and women) who have sustained physical injuries or combat trauma (PTSD) during their time serving our country. From day one Veterans are hands on with our horses beginning with groundwork and progressing to riding, as well as participating in other aspects of ranch life, including working cattle and more importantly experiencing the camaraderie with cowboys who are Veterans themselves.
We are staffed entirely by volunteers and are privately funded by your donations. 100% of your contributions goes to keeping our Heroes horseback. We are totally independent of and not affiliated with any other Horses for Heroes program.
Combat Army Ranger holding helmet which was hit with shrapnel from and
EFP, explosive formed projectile, tearing the cloth and denting the helmet.
To provide a unique environment and opportunity in which OIF and OEF Veterans can Recuperate, Recreate and Reintegrate into society and give them a new perspective so that they can reach their life goals.
Sharing our experience, our strengths and hopes, we work together creating a new path to peace and balance.
"We train to standard not to time. Our program is self-paced and outcome based." ~ Rick Iannucci, Director
Here at the ranch we offer a calm and supportive atmosphere for both women and men Veterans. Our program is tailored to each individual participant - The sky's the limit to those who wish to carry on with the cowboy culture and pursue other aspects of ranching, or just come to be in the beauty of nature, bond with a magnificent creature and find that quiet place within.
"Quiet isn't defined as a lack of sound, but an awakening to a rhythm that's based in the natural world." ~From Cowboys & Buckaroos by Tim O'Byrne
Ultimately this program will be self-sustaining by the Veteran participants themselves as they complete the skills required for the different phases of the Cowboy Up! Program. This will allow Veterans to become program instructors and under the volunteer mentor-ship of working ranch cowboys raise and train the horses that will become program horses for future Veterans coming in to the program.
Horses For Healing: A Photo, Audio & Multimedia Production by Rosi Calderon and Mindy Sayers
A Little Horse Wellness History
Riding horses has a long history as a therapeutic treatment. As early as 600 B.C., Hippocrates wrote about “riding's healing rhythm” for both mental and physical improvement. English and French physicians between A. D. 1600 and 1900 prescribed riding as a treatment for treating neurological conditions and improving posture, balance, and joint movement. Great Britain officially recognized the benefits of equitherapy in the early 1900s, using horses to aid in the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers at Oxford Hospital during and after World War I. ~ Lawrence Freeborg
Utilized in Germany and the United Kingdom in the rehabilitation of World War II veterans, therapeutic riding gained momentum in the U.K. and the United States following the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games when, despite having paralysis form polio, Liz Hartel of Denmark won the silver medal for dressage. This great achievement caused medical and equine professionals to take notice of the physical and emotional benefits of horseback riding for rehabilitation.
Some Benefits Noted:
* Builds self-esteem, empathy, and a sense of responsibility through the relationship with the horse.
* Improves posture, balance, symmetry and muscle control through the rhythmic movement of the horse which naturally stimulates the way
* Gives riders self-confidence through the leadership they exhibit with their mount
* Encourages a new visual perspective of independence
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.
~ Winston Churchill
"Horses are quite spiritual animals. When you groom a horse and feel its heart beat, hear it breathe and see its flesh twitch when a fly lands on it, you're connecting with something greater. These creatures help our veterans to get back in touch with a living being, which helps them to connect better with their spouses, friends and all of society." ~ Nancy De Santis
Where in the wide world can man find
Nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy
Or Beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is laced with muscle,
And Strength by gentleness confined.
He serves without servility,
He has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful,
Nothing less violent; there is nothing
So quick, nothing more patient.
All of our past has been borne on his back.
All our history is his industry,
We are his heirs, he our inheritance.
Ladies and Gentlemen –
~ Ronald Duncan
Horses For Heroes - New Mexico Inc. is privately funded. We rely entirely on our volunteers, donations and contributions. Please consider donating to help keep our Heroes horseback. For ways you can help please visit our Donate Page from the menu bar above.