FAQ’S – Animal Supporter
Can I donate to sponsor a horse or dog?
Absolutely. Choose a photo on our website of the animal you would like to sponsor. Annual sponsorship is $600 per year or $50 per month. Funds go directly to care of the chosen animal working in our programs. We are a 501c(3) organization and tax deductions are maximized according to IRS statutes.
Where do Horses used in the H4HUS programs come from?
Horses used in H4HUS programs arrive from a variety of locations. Many of them are rescues needing rehabilitation and fitness before being able to participate. Some are retired race horses from the harness racing or thoroughbred racing world. A few of these horses were in need of homes due to owner death, owner re-location, or they were retired from a professional career.
How are horses maintained?
Horses are fed and stalled with lots of turnout in herds. In addition, horses are exercised and worked on the ground regularly to ensure the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing required for H4HUS programs. Horseshoers (farriers), veterinarians, and dentists treat conditions as needed. Barn captains maintain records of emotional shifts or physical unsoundness to ensure the horse is in good shape when participating in programs.
How are dogs maintained?
Dogs are kenneled and worked every day the veteran curriculum is not running. A competent kennel staff maintains the cleanliness of the kennels, appropriate feeding schedules, and exercise to keep the dogs physically, emotionally, and mentally fit.
How does H4HUS know horses are safe?
Equines entering our programs complete an evaluation qualified Equine Professionals. Many of them are rescue horses or horses in need of a second career after a professional life. A plan is created to re-educate, desensitize, re-train, and create physical and emotional strength within the horse to be able to provide safety while working in a herd, completing driving exercises, or mounted work.
FAQ’S – Military Veteran
How are veteran programs funded?
Individuals and corporations privately fund our programs. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and tax deductions are maximized according to IRS statutes.
Do veterans have to speak about feelings?
H4HUS has a mental health practitioner on site at all times in case something comes up a veteran would like to discuss, however, tasks and sessions are built around problem solving and working through tasks individually or part of a group without required discussion of feelings.
How do canine programs help veterans?
Using trained dogs, veterans are able to complete obedience testing, obstacle courses, and confidence building tasks. Being able to give a command to a trained dog empowers the veteran to know they are heard and listened to while accomplishing tasks and solving problems. The ability to trust the canine partner empowers the relationship building skills of the veteran, transferring over to life.
How do equine programs help veterans?
We use problem solving task-oriented programs with horses, while the horses remain completely free in their environment (i.e. in a ring facility or indoor arena).
Do I have to travel?
Do I have to make arrangements to travel? “We have locations for equine programs in Cold Spring, NY and Cameron, NC. Canine programs are mobile, so depending on where you are located, we may be in your area. Please call or email for schedule and locations. If you do require travel, we will make flight arrangements for you, as well as pick you up at the airport.
What is my overall expected time commitment?
For canine handling programs, active duty/military veterans can participate in any or all of the following: one or more weekend clinics, 9-12 day training programs, or up to an 8-week summer program. For the equine program, participants commit to 45-90 minute individual sessions for a minimum of 6 weeks.
What can I expect in an equine session?
In an EAGALA equine session, you can expect to work with horses in a therapeutic and emotionally safe environment to solve real-life problems. All interaction is on the ground. Programs are designed and individually tailored to be client-based, solution-focused.