Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program
The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving Veterans and Horses a new lease on life! We support Therapeutic Riding Facilities and Horse Rescue farms across the United States, providing rehabilitative services to Veterans of all Services. To us, Wounded Warriors are all those who have served in the military, as well as the horses who have served along side us through the centuries.
This nationwide network of therapeutic riding program providers and horse rescues was founded in 2010 by Bridget Kroger, LTC US Army (Retired). Bridget is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, a 24-year veteran of the United States Army and a life-long equestrian. Having completed two tours in Iraq, she too is a Wounded Warrior.
Equine-assisted therapies were extremely instrumental in Bridget’s PSTD recovery process. Her belief that all Wounded Warriors need the experience of these age-old healing practices led her to institutionalize a program and coordinate a team of medical professionals, horse professionals, military professionals and farm operators across the U.S. to deliver equine-assisted therapies to veterans and service members.
For me, finding a hobby that serves as both therapy and a unique learning experience for my children seemed like an impossibility. Almost as impossible as bridging a 3.5 year gap between my children and myself. Each minute we spend with the horses, is a minute we learn about each other, understand one another better and continue to strengthen a bond I simply could not have forged had it not been for these amazing horses. For a person that is used to everything in his life having an expiration date thanks to a continuous and arduous deployment schedule, Henry’s Home Horse and Human Sanctuary has provided a permanent place to find lasting joy with family and for myself. I can’t thank them enough. And a special thanks to Jay and Shannon Novak for helping us enjoy our time with Henry and Tavi, as well as sharing their story and encouragement.”