Greetings from the Barn…..

Our therapeutic riding spring sessions are about to wrap up! This spring is our largest session with 18 riders, 3 instructors, and over 10 lesson volunteers! Currently, our riders range from ages six to twenty-seven. This week, each rider reviewed grooming and tacking and then began working on their skills in the saddle.
We have been blessed with numerous volunteers dedicating their time to help each rider succeed. Our volunteers not only assist with preparing for the lessons and during the lessons but also help with cleaning stalls and feeding the horses after lessons are finished. We could not do what we do without volunteers! Looking forward to the rest of the session, we cannot wait to see each of our riders grow and learn new riding skills!
It’s GOLF time again! Hooves of Hope is happy to announce we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Golf Scramble at Old Bridge Golf Club on June 1st at 9 a.m. We invite YOU to join US for a day of fun. All proceeds will go toward our Operation Hope: Veterans Program and the Equine Assisted Learning Youth Program. Please contact the office for more information.
We have started a Veterans Buy a Brick Campaign. Our veterans deserve to be honored and remembered. While a brick for a veterans’ wall is a small manner of showing our gratitude; engraved bricks are a nice way to commemorate their service. The bricks will be placed around the new flagpole and pathway. The bricks can be purchased to honor loved ones and businesses also. The cost is $100.00 each. Bricks can be purchased at the office or at https://www.bricksrus.com/donorsite/hoovesofhope.

PTSD:  Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.

PTSD can occur in all people, in people of any ethnicity, nationality or culture, and any age. PTSD affects approximately 3.5 percent of U.S. adults, and an estimated one in 11 people will be diagnosed PTSD in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely as men to have PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD fall into four categories. Specific symptoms can vary in severity.
1. Intrusive thoughts such as repeated, involuntary memories; distressing dreams; or flashbacks of the traumatic event. Flashbacks may be so vivid that people feel they are re-living the traumatic experience or seeing it before their eyes.
2. Avoiding reminders of the traumatic event may include avoiding people, places, activities, objects and situations that bring on distressing memories. People may try to avoid remembering or thinking about the traumatic event.
3. Negative thoughts and feelings may include ongoing and distorted beliefs about oneself or others (e.g., “I am bad,” “No one can be trusted”); ongoing fear, horror, anger, guilt or shame; much less interest in activities previously enjoyed; or feeling detached or estranged from others.
4. Arousal and reactive symptoms may include being irritable and having angry outbursts; behaving recklessly or in a self-destructive way; being easily startled, or having problems concentrating or sleeping.

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