Our military find hope and strength

Our veterans program has grown significantly in recent years as approximately 200 veterans, active-duty military and their families come to Fieldstone Farm each year to work and bond with our horses. This represents one of the largest equine programs for veterans in the country. While riding, grooming, interacting with horses, or getting behind horse-drawn carriages, members of the military are learning ways to overcome the struggles of everyday civilian life and heal from the emotional and physical scars of military service.

Without a single word, horses offer veteran’s something therapists and doctors are often unable: unconditional trust, non-judgement, and patience from a first encounter. These characteristics along with the mindfulness required to work with a large imposing animal leads to many changes:

Fieldstone Farm veteran

  • Increased confidence
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved mindfulness
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improved relationships

To read about how our horses changed one of our veteran’s lives, click here.

Our collaborations with organizations such as the Veterans Administration, Volunteers of America, the Wounded Warrior Project and Ohio Operation Military Kids help us to develop relevant and meaningful programs for the military and their families. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our military programming is currently available at no charge.

Fieldstone Farm veteran and daughter

To learn more about how horses can change your life or someone you care about, please email us at veterans@fieldstonefarmtrc.com or call 440-708-0013 and ask for Aviva.