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Saratoga WarHorse Connections – Winter, 2017

By on December 12, 2017 in Newsletter

It may happen months, years, even decades after a veteran has seen active military duty. Pain and hopelessness have no expiration dates.

This isn’t words and pills. It’s only three days of commitment. And there’s no charge to the veteran.

It is a profound healing experience between one human being and another equally complex individual – a horse – an animal that has no agenda, no judgment, but has a tremendous sense about trust. A thoroughbred racehorse that is no long-er on the track.

On the final day, it is just the two of them. There is a silent, shared understanding and a soul-deep exchange; an inexplicable Connection and unimaginable release.

Off-the-field military personnel, off-the-track thoroughbred racehorses. Two warriors connect, and the battle may finally be over.

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Saratoga WarHorse Equine Spotlight – Spring, 2017

By on June 27, 2017 in Newsletter

His racing name was Groom’s Point, but to those that know and love him he is Kip. When I was contacted about Kip there was something about his description that drew me. He could be ridden according to his owner, but she sensed he desired a different role as healer.

Horses are natural intuits and are the key component of Saratoga WarHorse. Kip has been with the Saratoga WarHorse program since December 2016 and has been a magnificent guide and guardian for men and woman who have participated with him. He is comical, generous and genuine and requires each person to be completely in the moment. Inherent in all horses is this ability to discern an individual and share what they need to experience in the brief yet powerful exchange. With some it can be a rapid tap dance, with others a fluid ballet, all tailored and significant. To give authentically is the true beauty of these splendid creatures and Kip has found his calling with the veterans.

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Connections – Saratoga WarHorse Newsletter Volume 2, Number 2

By on April 7, 2014 in Newsletter

Page-1-of-Vol-2-No-2-232x300Jason Eisenmann was a casualty. He left behind his grieving parents, loyal friends, and a devoted fiancé. The entire Aiken community was fallen to its knees. Jason’s father asked; could Saratoga WarHorse have saved his life? ‘I…we will never know, but it would have been great if Jason could have had the chance. I want to give that chance to others.’

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Connections – Saratoga WarHorse Newsletter Volume 2, Number 1

By on January 31, 2014 in Newsletter

SWH-Newsletter-Vol.1-No.4-Jan.2014.v4.inddI spent a lot of time on SWH’s website, and was immediately moved by testimonials from the veterans whose lives were literally saved by the horses at Saratoga WarHorse. The short documentaries on the website moved me to tears, and I knew it would be a wonderful organization for us to work with. What struck me most about SWH was that it gave veterans a chance to connect at the deepest emotional and spiritual level to these horses, a healing connection that other humans usually cannot provide. I had the idea of donating a portion of ticket sales to SWH, and was incredibly happy last week when we announced that we were donating almost $9,000 to SWH. Lauren Wetherell, Media Buyer • Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre.

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Connections – Saratoga WarHorse Newsletter Volume 1, Number 3

By on October 21, 2013 in Newsletter

Page-1-of-Vol-1-No-3-231x300This ancient proverb captures the essence of Saratoga WarHorse, an exemplary program that provides a connecting path for healing and hope to our military veterans in need.

As Saratoga residents, and ones who breed, own and race thoroughbreds and have military backgrounds, we are proud to par-ticipate in such a meaningful program. Having been involved in Saratoga WarHorse since the summer of 2012, it is rewarding for us to see that through the efforts of more and more people, the program is gaining much deserved recognition, rewards and results.

We encourage everyone to share the success stories and to spread the information found in this newsletter and website so that the momentum may continue toward establishing a national center in Saratoga. There is no amount of time or resource too small or more greatly appreciated to put to-ward this goal.

Good luck and good results to all.

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Connections – Saratoga WarHorse Newsletter Volume 1, Number 2

By on July 14, 2013 in Newsletter

Page-1-of-Vol-1-No-2-220x300We’ve held three classes since our last newsletter, and veterans attended from as far away as New Mexico and Arizona and as nearby as Ganesvoort, NY. More positive feedback from the program participants, their friends and families, and mental health professionals confirm that the Connection process is restorative and life-changing. We feel the essence of Churchill’s famous quote in our hearts every day, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Increased exposure of our program led us to schedule an extra class in July, and our August class is already over-subscribed. The recent re-airing of our ESPN piece, peer-to-peer communications among veterans and continually increasing numbers of articles in newspapers and magazines has raised awareness, and we are anticipating this to continue.

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Connections – Saratoga WarHorse Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1

By on April 14, 2013 in Newsletter

Page-1-of-Vol-1-No-1-220x300SWH has come a long way since our first class in November of 2011. In addition to reaching more veterans, we have further validated the effectiveness of the program, developed important connections with the military, including dialog with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO), and we are building relationships with key political leaders, the Thoroughbred industry, corporations, foundations, and founding friends. We are continuing to hold monthly classes in Saratoga and have identified a property in Kentucky for program expansion. Our goal is to serve many more veterans in need through creating a sustainable national SWH center in Saratoga Springs and developing satellite locations in Kentucky, Florida, California and Texas. We are working methodically to carry out this plan.

Our program involves learning to communicate with the horses in their language, and the only way to fully understand this “connection process” is to share it with a majestic horse inside the round pen. The powerful, mystical experience is unique to each person, but there seems to be one common thread in the responses: a loss of words to explain what happens. As Trevor, a US Army veteran, said after his connection in 2011, it’s “indescribable”. “I couldn’t really explain how I felt,” he reflected, “except that it was one of the greatest days of my life.”

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