Reining Warriors program formed to help Veterans after service


SINKS GROVE, WV (WVNS) — Returning home from serving time in the military can be hard. But there is one group helping veterans make the transition. Heavenly Gaits Therapeutic Riding Center in Monroe County offers a program called Reining Warriors. Their mission is to ‘Heal with Horses’ by providing hands-on support for service men and women.

Founder Michelle Miller said this is one way to give back for their service.

“We want to be able to give back, I mean they have given so much for us and this is our way of giving back to help them deal with kind of getting back into everyday life, dealing with PTSD, anxiety, things like that,” Miller said.

Miller said therapy with horses helps heal because horses can feel emotions.

“Horses won’t lie. They also cause you to be in the moment,” Miller said. “They don’t have any kind of agenda, no ego. They are non-judgmental, they don’t care what you look like, how much money you have.”

John Fuller is a Navy First Class Petty Officer E6 and has been with the program since it began. He wants to let other vets know they are not alone when they come home.

“We are all in this together,” Fuller said. “We are brothers and sisters you know no one should ever feel like they are alone and that’s what this is bringing is a place for us to become a family and have each others back and to help each other through life really.”

How you can help:

  1. Sponsor a Veteran. One Session $65, 8 Week Session $520
  2. Donate. Money is a valuable resource that we can allocate specifically to out Reining Warrior Program.
  3. Volunteer Your Time. We are always in need of enthusiastic individuals willing to assist instructors, help maintain our facilities or help with day to day operations.
  4. Refer a Veteran. If you have a friend or relative who would benefit from our program, you can send them our contact information and encourage them to reach out to us.

Contact Information: 304-520-2315

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