Equine Therapy

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 216 has partnered with the Tulsa Boys’ Home to offer the Warriors In Saddles program.

Tulsa Boys

Warriors In Saddles is an Equine Therapeutic Riding program that helps heal and empower Veterans who are suffering from combat exposure. By working with well mannered horses in a secure setting at the Tulsa Boys Home, Veterans learn trust, confidence, balance, and self-reliance.

The 5-week class gives the Veteran a chance to learn grooming, groundwork, saddling, and riding. Each week adding new skills. At the end of five weeks, the Veteran will be riding independently and negotiating simple obstacle courses.

There is no cost to Veterans to participate in the program.

How Equine Therapy Helps Veterans
Video courtesy of TulsaPeople Magazine (October 2016)

What You Learn

Each of the five weeks in a Warriors In Saddles class teaches the Veteran basic horsemanship skills, with each week building on the previous week.

Week 1: Meet your horse, learn grooming skills and ground work
Week 2: Grooming, ground work, trust walk
Week 3: Grooming, saddle horse, learn to turn the horse, hackamore training
Week 4: Grooming, saddle horse, switch to reins
Week 5: Grooming, saddle horse, obstacle course, graduation

Warriors In Saddles is a great way for Veterans to get comfortable with our equine friends, and learn how to handle, mount, and ride a horse!

Class Schedule

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Due to the recent COVID-19 epidemic we are canceling classes till May 13th, 2020. This date may change again as this situation unfolds, so check back for updates.

Warriors In Saddles meets in the covered horse arena at the Tulsa Boys Home each Wednesday morning from 9 AM to 11 AM. Friday classes are held at 1 PM to 3 PM.

The Tulsa Boy’s Home is located at 2727 S. 136th West Avenue in Sand Springs, OK 74063

There is no cost to Veterans to participate in the program.

Warriors In Saddles 2020 Class Schedule

1st Class
March 25th, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
April 1st, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
April 8th, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
April 15th, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
April 22nd, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

2nd Class
May 13th, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
May 20th, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
May 27th, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
June 3rd, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
June 10th, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

3rd Class
July 1st, 2020
July 8th, 2020
July 15th, 2020
July 22nd, 2020
July 29th, 2020

4th Class
September 2nd, 2020
September 9th, 2020
September 16th, 2020
September 23rd, 2020
September 30th, 2020

For more information on Friday classes, call Ralph Henderson at 918-809-4534.

Sign-Up / Contact

There is no cost to Veterans to participate in Warriors In Saddles.

If interested in participating, please call or text Eddie at: 918-859-7788

Please indicate which Class you prefer. See the Class Schedule here.

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Donate

Warriors In Saddles is entirely a volunteer operation. We welcome donations to help with feed, gear, and other costs associated with caring for the horses and running the program.

Donate through PayPal

Thank you for helping us help Veterans!