War Horse Creek is an immersive transition training program using rescued wild mustangs to assist veterans as they adjust to civilian life. War Horse Creek, an initiative of Living Free Animal Sanctuary, is a program by veterans, for veterans, assisting with the transition from military to civilian life. Soon to offer 3, 5 and 7-day sessions, veterans will make their way up the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains to participate in a program based around the “Collaborative Horsemanship” modality. This approach gives veterans the op-portunity to master skills that often go dormant during their military tenure – empathy, patience, understanding, kindness and compassion. Once these skills are mastered with the mustangs, they will be ingrained as adaptive habits that can be transferred to family, friends and society.
In addition to Collaborative Horseman-ship, veterans receive life skills training through one-on-one access to professionals from various fields around topics such as; financial literacy, interview and job retention skills, career consult-ing, conflict resolution, higher education and trade school guidance, and wellness and nutrition advice. Gaining these skills will help to improve outcomes for veterans and their families. Veterans will also be able to enjoy the many recreational activities on the Living Free property, including hiking, fishing, kayaking, yoga and more. Living Free is home to a large cat and dog rescue, and veterans will have the opportunity to connect with the many rescue animals on proper-ty, in addition to helping with any ongoing main-tenance and construction projects. Most importantly, veterans will have plenty of down time to relax in the shade of thousands of pine trees, or around a campfire under the stars, enjoying the company of ottimately, the goal of War Horse Creek is to inspire a sea of change in the way we, as a society, welcome our warriors home, and reduce the cost of military service on veterans and their families.
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