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|About||Downrange is an Equine-Assisted program to help veterans and their families face the future together.|
Two years ago, Andrea Baldwin, director of Connections Equine Therapy Program, and 5 veterans worked together to establish the Downrange program.
The concept was to develop an equine assisted program that responded to veterans’ needs as they saw them. The program created a place where they could meet and network with other veterans and their families. Working with our horses helped them all address issues that complicated their lives. Downrange is a program for those for whom ‘talk therapy’ isn’t working. Working with horses has been shown to help individuals cope with depression and Post Traumatic Stress (We choose not to call this a ‘disorder’. We feel that it is a natural response to extreme trauma). For a military family, this program helps couples re-unite and helps the veteran make the transition from absentee parent to co-parent. With the help of our vets, it has been designed to help them re-enter civilian life and re-establish their ties to loved ones. Our goal is to have our veterans provide their input to insure that the program remains relevant to their needs.
Connections Equine Therapy Program also offers Therapeutic Riding for vets with disabilities, amputations, TBI, and other physical challenges. Some of the benefits of Therapeutic Riding include increasing core strength, improving balance and range of motion, and creating new neural pathways.
All services are provided free of charge to veterans and their families.