Healing Hoofbeats of Connecticut will be hosting an Italian dinner fundraiser at American Legion Seicheprey Post 2, 22 Hooker Ct, Bristol on Saturday, March 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The animal assisted therapy practice opened in 2016, and the Operation Warrior Horse program began in 2017. The program is a free 10 week equine group therapy program for veterans wanting to heal from trauma while being in the military.
“We are an animal assisted therapy practice out of Morris, Conn., and are promoting our veterans equine therapy program called Operation Warrior Horse. Horses are the perfect partner for therapy. They utilize their keen sensitivity to non-verbal communication to assist us in developing new relationship skills, regulate emotions and begin the healing process. This is a quick and effective therapy model that can assist with various issues like social skills, anxiety and trauma,” said Nicole DeFelice, Healing Hoofbeats.
DeFelice said that no prior experience with horses is required because the majority of the activities with the horses are done on the ground, but they do occasionally incorporate riding into the program to enhance the relationship between the Veteran and their horse.
Healing Hoofbeats of CT seeks to help individuals feel more empowered and secure in their lives through building healthy and mutually beneficial relationships with horses. They offer individual, couples and family therapy and team building workshops.
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