Our mission at Peace Reins is to utilize the power of the horse-human relationship, through equine-facilitated learning (EFL), to assist veterans and their families with their quest to build healthy authentic relationships using three important qualities of horses: the wisdom of the prey, the lack of hidden agendas, and transparent trust.
Though horses no longer accompany soldiers in battle, they can still serve human warriors by helping them to improve the relationships in their lives and to better manage their emotions. Horses excel at this work for two reasons: their ability to teach present moment awareness (be here now), and their instincts as prey animals. Honed over the 55 million years of their existence as a species, they respond to the emotional energy of people thanks to their enhanced gut instinct. Additionally, as prey animals they have a hypervigilance very similar to that experienced by veterans and their family members. Horses also offer a non-judgmental presence that often permits veterans to lower defenses that may be more rigid in a typical therapeutic setting.
Peace Reins will offer The Equus Effect programming, a proven five-session curriculum at its beautiful location in Mebane NC, convenient to the Triangle, Triad, and North Carolina military bases. A PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International) member center, we will offer veterans and their family members access to Equus Effect-trained facilitators, and dedicated and passionate volunteers.
Veterans can participate in a five-session program which covers the foundations of equine behavior, natural horsemanship and groundwork, providing extensive opportunity for hands-on, intimate time with members of the Mighty Herd. No horse experience is necessary and there is no riding involved. This programming provides veterans the opportunity to combine instructional information on emotional agility and how it occurs in horses (the goal is always to return to grazing), with exercises with the horses in both the round pen and around the farm to help them reconnect with their own true nature and inner wisdom. This re-connection allows veterans to navigate the world and their relationships in a more authentic manner.