On Tuesday, December 7, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm Gus Jolley will be at Barn Dogs to answer questions about the NARHA Horses for Heroes program. NARHA was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding in the United States and Canada. In 2007 Mary Jo Beckman, CDR, United States Navy, Retired, a NARHA Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Dr. Paul Spiers, then NARHA President worked together to develop the NARHA Horses for Heroes Therapeutic Riding Program for military veterans. A program with "vets helping vets", NARHA Horses for Heroes instructors receive special training to help them develop lesson plans that provide bonding experiences between veterans and horses combined with challenging horsemanship lessons.
The NARHA Horses for Heroes program at Listening Horse Therapeutic Riding Center is run by Gus Jolley, an Army Veteran and a certified NARHA instructor. The program is free to active military personnel and military veterans in Santa Fe. If you or someone you know would benefit from this program please come and join us to meet Gus and hear more about his experiences helping veterans and horses connect. You can read more at www.listeninghorse.org