OUR HERO HORSES PROGRAM – Everyone Wins!

 

Alicia Watkins and “Birdie” have much in common.  They both have learned to trust again.

Alicia Watkins and “Birdie” have much in common. They both have learned to trust again.

When Monty Roberts visited Leighton Farm in August this year, we had no idea it would impact the work we do here at TPR. He is a force of nature and his passion for both horses and people is contagious.

We were honored during Monty’s visit by the opportunity to meet Alicia Watkins, a wounded warrior in Afghanistan. With Monty’s help she has courageously put her life back together. Alicia has a mission to help others who are suffering from the effects of war. She stated that she connects most easily with retired racehorses because she feels wounded warriors and retired racehorses have much in common. They both need to rebuild their lives. Often they both need to learn to trust again.

As a result of this magical event, Thoroughbred Placement Resources is excited and proud to announce our New Heroes For Horses Program in which military veterans will be invited to Leighton Farm to meet and interact with retired Thoroughbred racehorses. We believe this will help veterans through the healing effect that time with horses provides. We are also certain this is going to be positive for the horses that come through our program on their way to new homes and lives after their race careers end.

Studies show that horses help people.  In this unique and wonderful case, the people they help are helping them back! (Monty Roberts and Kimberly Clark pictured).

Studies show that horses help people. In this unique and wonderful case, the people they help are helping them back! (Monty Roberts and Kimberly Clark pictured).

Nothing will change as far as the work we currently do to find retired racers new lives when their race careers end. TPR will continue to rehabilitate and place horses through the support of our donors. “Everybody wins with this program. I truly believe when the veterans participating in our program see horses they worked with finding success in their new lives, they will have a sense of accomplishment and pride because of their part in it.” states Kimberly Godwin Clark, Executive Director of TPR.

This program is in its infancy but veterans are already coming to the farm and expressing joy at the experience.

Click Here to find out more about the program.  We are planning an open house for veterans and their families, who are interested in this program on “National Help a Horse Day” – Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Leighton Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Please contact us at kclark@goodhorse.org for information and updates.