Warrior Program

Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) Program for Military and First-Responder Veterans

Champ’s Heart has expanded its ministry to include Veterans and First Responders.  There are thousands of Veterans and First Responders in our region who can benefit from the Champ’s Heart Warriors program. Unfortunately, many of them struggle with debilitating challenges like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury, anxiety and depression.  

Research has shown horses CAN/DO provide a healing effect for veterans, our real heroes! Unfortunately, veterans are committing suicide at the rate of 22 per day. This is unacceptable, so Champ’s Heart is working diligently to reduce this sad statistic. This population, who was willing to sacrifice everything for our freedom, is now one of our most neglected demographics in our nation.

Bob is one of the veterans Champ’s Heart has had the privilege to serve. Bob served in Iraq and suffers from combat induced PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. His wounds essentially froze  his nervous system. These conditions were lessened when Bob was in the presence of a horse. There was a magical healing bond between Bob and his equine partner which replaced his anxiety with peace and a sense of calm.

About our Equine-Assisted Learning Program:


Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) activities are more about doing and less about talking. They present powerful metaphors for your life that we invite you to explore. Those metaphors provide assistance with improving personal relationships, communication, and overall reintegration and wellness.


All veterans, first responders (active and retired), and their families, are invited to join our Champ’s Heart Equestrian-Assisted Learning (EAL) program.

Healing Process

Veterans are tough but have the biggest hearts and thus have a broad spectrum of emotions. For this reason, spending time with horses, which instinctively connect with human emotions, are the perfect fit for a veteran’s healing process.