Who is Windhaven Therapeutic Riding and what is their story?
Windhaven Therapeutic Riding (WHTR) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization devoted to providing a fun and safe environment for all service members and veterans who struggle with physical and invisible wounds of war.
Windhaven Therapeutic Riding (WHTR) offers a variety of equine relationship building experiences for all Veterans and Active-Duty service members who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
There is no cost to the Veteran or active duty personnel for these services. WHTR is a VA Vendor and is a nonprofit supported by community donors.
For individuals interested, please email WHTR.Horses@gmail.com or call us at 503-422-1692
All clients regardless of horse experience start with Session 1 and progress individually. Some Veterans decide to remain on the ground, some progress to riding and some become volunteers to help other Veterans. The WHTR program is not about teaching someone to ride a horse. It is about using the relationship with the horse to retrain the brain to overcome the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD.
The program consists of up to three sessions of 12 - 13 weekly encounters with their equine partner.
Once Veterans have completed each session, they may become a volunteer, become involved in other equine activities in the region (horsemanship lessons in a variety of disciplines, back country horsemen, horse ownership), or explore opportunities for adventures on horseback. We will assist Veterans helping them connect with organizations that offer these opportunities.
WHTR provides riders with a solid framework in a fun and safe environment. Instructors hold a variety of certifications. Volunteers participate in ongoing learning and all volunteers must pass a background check conducted by the Washington State Patrol.
What people say
"Windhaven is so grounding and positive and uplifting. Thanks for all you do." - Veteran
“This place changed my life, it saved my life.” - Veteran
“It changed my life. Everybody that’s in the program has the same story to tell. There are people that don’t leave their houses unless it is to come up and work with the horses.” - Veteran