Welcome to Heroes and Horses

A Program for Reforging America's Combat Veterans

Heroes and Horses is a unique program that uses the remote wilderness and the horse/human connection to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.

 

The Heroes and Horses program re-galvanizes our nation’s veterans, challenging them to rediscover who they are and what they can be moving forward. Heroes and Horses’ focus is not about what happened, but what can happen when one chooses to press on.

 

By “challenging what challenges them,” Heroes and Horses provides veterans the chance to make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.

"We are not defined by our many scars,

but by what we do after the wounds close."

"We are not defined by our many scars,

but by what we do after the wounds close."

"We are not defined by our many scars,

but by what we do after the wounds close."

ABOUT US

What makes us tick.

Our mISSION

How we run things.

THE CHALLENGE

Heroes and Horses is a unique program that uses the remote wilderness and the horse/human connection to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.

 

The Heroes and Horses program re-galvanizes our nation’s veterans, challenging them to rediscover who they are and what they can be moving forward. Heroes and Horses’ focus is not about what happened, but what can happen when one chooses to press on.

 

By “challenging what challenges them,” Heroes and Horses provides veterans the chance to make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.

Remote wilderness challenges, invokes change, and develops new ways to approach and solve problems.  By challenging what challenges them, veterans can make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.

YEARS OF TRAINING.

Our EXPERIENCE

WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

GIVING FOR THE RIGHT REASON

Heroes and Horses provides extreme expedition-style horse pack trips teaching self-reliance, teamwork and perseverance. Experienced instructors, many who are combat veterans themselves, lead teams of veterans and their pack animals into the wilderness on epic, life-changing journeys of discovery.

 

Unlike any other program, the self-efficacy principals applied through the Heroes and Horses program are proven.  Heroes and Horses inspires veterans to move beyond the difficulties experienced from years of war, towards a life of restoration and hope.

When you donate to Heroes and Horses, your money goes to fund a solider through a 3-phase/completion program, at no cost to the veteran. The return on investment is measured each year.  The impact from your giving is demonstrated in the lives of the veterans you help to sponsor.  Investing in the lives of the America’s combat veterans builds national capital, strengthening families, communities, and our nation.

What makes us tick.

Our mISSION

How we run things.

THE CHALLENGE

Heroes and Horses is a unique program that uses the remote wilderness and the horse/human connection to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.

 

The Heroes and Horses program re-galvanizes our nation’s veterans, challenging them to rediscover who they are and what they can be moving forward. Heroes and Horses’ focus is not about what happened, but what can happen when one chooses to press on.

 

By “challenging what challenges them,” Heroes and Horses provides veterans the chance to make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.

Remote wilderness challenges, invokes change, and develops new ways to approach and solve problems.  By challenging what challenges them, veterans can make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.

YEARS OF TRAINING.

Our EXPERIENCE

WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

GIVING FOR THE RIGHT REASON

Heroes and Horses provides extreme expedition-style horse pack trips teaching self-reliance, teamwork and perseverance. Experienced instructors, many who are combat veterans themselves, lead teams of veterans and their pack animals into the wilderness on epic, life-changing journeys of discovery.

 

Unlike any other program, the self-efficacy principals applied through the Heroes and Horses program are proven.  Heroes and Horses inspires veterans to move beyond the difficulties experienced from years of war, towards a life of restoration and hope.

When you donate to Heroes and Horses, your money goes to fund a solider through a 3-phase/completion program, at no cost to the veteran. The return on investment is measured each year.  The impact from your giving is demonstrated in the lives of the veterans you help to sponsor.  Investing in the lives of the America’s combat veterans builds national capital, strengthening families, communities, and our nation.

ABOUT US

The Process

 

How we run things.

THE CHALLENGE

Heroes and Horses is a unique program that uses the remote wilderness and the horse/human connection to challenge and inspire personal growth in combat veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.

 

Phase 1 (Stress Inoculation Phase)

     During the first phase of the Heroes and Horses program, participants will travel to Montana where they will attend the Heroes and Horses Training Camp.  While there, they will receive three full days of instruction in horsemanship, riding, and pack training. Upon the completion of the Heroes and Horses Standard of Training, the expedition team embarks on a 6-day journey of overland, high mountain travel that includes setting and breaking camp daily, some of the world’s best fishing, and preparing them for the upcoming challenges of Phase 2.

 

Phase 2 (Application Phase)

    Retuning the same season, Phase 1 graduates of the Heroes and Horses program return to Montana to apply what they have learned, this time in the Beartooth Mountains. Phase 2 begins with advanced horsemanship, comprehensive pack training, and wilderness survival skills taught by leading experts in the field. The expedition team departs to the high plateau for 9 days of remote high-altitude travel to remote lakes and a chance to practice acquired survival skills. The last two days soldiers are paired with a “buddy” spending two days alone making their way back to base camp.

 

Phase 3 (Integration Phase)

     In Phase 3, participants have the opportunity to work with a wilderness outfitter as a top hand, setting up high camps and running pack strings. The skills acquired during Phases 1 and 2 of the Heroes and Horses program are then put into practice. The integration into a different societal structure, away from the safety of their peer group, simulates entering the workforce. This is self-efficacy.

Heroes and Horses program is available to qualified veterans at no cost. Applicants are referred from a combination of sources, including American Legion, the Veterans Administration, military hospitals, military family support units, etc. If you or someone you know is a combat veteran and a candidate for our program, please contact us.

 

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There are no out-of-pocket costs for veterans. Veterans are referred from a combination of sources, including American Legion, the VA, various military hospitals, peer and self-referrals.

team building

leadership development

Our team building activities are an ongoing process that helps our group evolve during our 3 phases of training.  Our veterans not only share their stories but their challenges to accomplishing lifes tasks.  Support from our team helps build trust and develop a cohesive unit.

Our leadership development enhances the quality of the individual within our teams.  We focus on skills and training that will enable the veteran to better learn how to influence, communicate, make better decisions and help build their moral courage.

rehabilitation

empowerment

Many of our veterans wounds run very deep from their personal or professional life's experiences.   Our goal is to provide them other life experiences that will help them heal from within.

Our desire is to empower the veteran with many tools to help them in their lives.  From making better decisions, having access to information and resources or making the veteran realize - they can still make a difference.

Heroes And Horses Veterans Program
Team Building - Leadership Development - Rehabilitation - Empowerment

Remote wilderness challenges, invokes change, and develops new ways to approach and solve problems.  By challenging what challenges them, veterans can make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.

ddLevi DiFranza, is a 14 year Army veteran with 4 deployments. He has been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart among many other awards. Currently a member in the MA National Guard. He is full time police officer for a major suburb of Boston. He was a participant early in the program and has since strive to help the program that has helped him so much.

Heroes and Horses provides extreme expedition-style horse pack trips teaching self-reliance, teamwork and perseverance. Experienced instructors, many who are combat veterans themselves, lead teams of veterans and their pack animals into the wilderness on epic, life-changing journeys of discovery.

 

Unlike any other program, the self-efficacy principals applied through the Heroes and Horses program are proven.  Heroes and Horses inspires veterans to move beyond the difficulties experienced from years of war, towards a life of restoration and hope.

YEARS OF TRAINING.

Our EXPERIENCE

ABOUT US

Who we are

Meet our Staff

Our staff members are a highly diverse group of military and business professionals who are totally committed to serving America's Veterans.  We are truly blessed to have a such an amazing team to support Heroes and Horses.

 

 

Learn about H&H staff member, Ray Knell, and his recent pack trip along the Continental Divide

Click to watch a film about this epic journey!

get involved and make a difference.

 

  • GET INVOLVED

    Heroes and Horses serves as a public trust focused on the restoration of America’s combat veterans.

     

    How can YOU can help Heroes and Horses:

     

    Donate Online by clicking here,

     

    or send a check to:

    PO Box 35

    Manhattan, MT 59741

     

     

    Volunteer by signing up here!

     

    To learn other ways to get  involved with Heroes and Horses email us at: admin@heroesandhorses.com

     

     

    We are truly grateful for our generous supporters who help make our mission possible, please support those that are supporting our Veterans!  View our list of major supporters here.

    When you donate to Heroes and Horses, your money goes to fund a solider through a 3-phase/completion program, at no cost to the veteran. The return on investment is measured each year.  The impact from your giving is demonstrated in the lives of the veterans you help to sponsor.  Investing in the lives of the America’s combat veterans builds national capital, strengthening families, communities, and our nation.

    WE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

    GIVING FOR THE RIGHT REASON

  • SPREAD THE WORD

         Heroes & Horses is an organization for combat veterans, administered by combat veterans. The men and women that make up the Heroes and Horses organization possess a unique understanding of what our servicemen and women experience when returning home from the battlefield. The Heroes and Horses program is tailored specifically to address those needs.

     

         Heroes and Horses provides a path to restoration by providing combat veterans who have been injured and/or diagnosed with PTSD with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect with their strengths and develop their leadership potential. Our goal is to help as many veterans as possible, but we can’t do it alone.

     

         Please help us spread the word about Heroes and Horses. If you or someone you know is a combat veteran that has been injured and/or diagnosed with PTSD, we want to hear from you.

     

         Please visit our Contact Page or call us at 406-284-2870.                 FOLLOW USFacebook Icon

     

  • DONATE

    Heroes and Horses is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your generous, tax deductible donation to Heroes and Horses can change the life of an injured warrior returning home from the battlefield.  Thank-you.

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  Heroes and Horses, Inc., PO Box 35, Manhattan, MT.  59741

 

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