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THE PROGRAM

Veterans clinic in Wisdom Montana
Horses Heal Hearts

Equine Activities

 

Overwatch is a fully accredited 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing unique horsemanship based activities, which support the healing and well-being of military personnel, veterans, first responders, and their families. Our program focuses on addressing the hidden wounds of service, such as post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST). Through a combination of ground-based exercises and interactions with horses, our participants experience profound connections, personal growth, and healing.

3 Pillars of Healing

Step One - Workshops

Intensive three-day workshops that provide a concentrated and immersive experience, breaking patterns of isolation and create a safe space for sharing triumphs and challenges. 

 

Step Two - Mentorship

What truly sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to mentorship. Those who express an interest in becoming mentors are provided with a comprehensive horsemanship program. This program equips them with the skills, knowledge, and guidance necessary to effectively teach and share our three-day workshops.

 

Step Three - Pay It Forward

By paying it forward, our participants create a ripple effect of healing that extends the benefits of horse programs to as many individuals as possible. Those who have benefited from the program can pay it forward, becoming catalysts for positive change and support within their communities.

How Horses Heal Hearts

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  • Emotional Regulation: Horses provide a non-judgmental environment where you we learn to regulate their emotions and manage stress.

  • Trust Building: Developing a bond with horses helps rebuild trust, which may have been damaged due to traumatic experiences.

  • Mindfulness and Present Moment Awareness: Working with horses encourages us to be fully present, fostering mindfulness and reducing anxiety.

  • Communication Skills: Interacting with horses improves non-verbal communication and enhances interpersonal skills, benefiting relationships with loved ones.

  • Coping Strategies: Spending time with horses teaches us healthy coping strategies for dealing with triggers and managing symptoms of trauma.

  • Self-Awareness: Horses provide feedback and mirror emotions, promoting self-reflection and increased self-awareness.

  • Healing from Isolation: Contact with horses creates opportunities for connection, combatting feelings of isolation and fostering a sense of belonging.

  • Resilience Building: Through the challenges and triumphs experienced with horses, we develop resilience and the ability to adapt to adversity.


*** Please note that the information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only. The content should not be considered as professional advice or a substitute for professional medical or therapeutic guidance. Always consult with a qualified healthcare provider or therapist for personalized recommendations.

3-Day Workshops - No Horseback Riding

Please be aware that our program does not involve horseback riding. All activities are conducted on the ground, ensuring the safety and well-being of our participants.

Mentorship program

Involves voluntary horseback riding for participants, this may, involve, but not be limited to, participants riding their own personally owned horses, or horses owned or leased by Veterans Overwatch Inc.

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