We partner with horses in this work due to their nature as social and prey animals. They have an extraordinary ability to read our nonverbal communication – noticing messages we are sending of which we are not always aware. With this, they start responding to us in ways that may remind us of other people and circumstances in our lives. Their actions and they themselves become metaphors (symbols) for other things in our lives (relationships, thoughts, and behaviors) and give us the opportunity to work on ourselves in relation to those things.
Horses do not know our past, education, gender, race, biases or other labels we may apply to ourselves and others. They exist in the moment; their reactions are inherently honest. This gives even more value in the insight they can provide to us.
As a service to our Veteran Community, Alatheia charges NO FEE for participation in equine assisted services. Each session’s value is paid for by donations from individual and corporate sponsors, as well as grants from local, regional, and national foundations.
The Warriors & Horses program offers three options to Veterans.