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Operation Be Herd

Equine-Facilitated Learning for Veterans
and Active Duty Service Members

Three times a year, we offer an 8-week equine-facilitated learning program for veterans and active duty service members from all branches.


This powerful program changes lives by partnering with horses and creating time and space for veterans to connect with each other, find peace in the outdoors, and learn about themselves from our herd members. By observing and interacting with horses, veterans report that they have experienced an increase in self-awareness, learned how to manage difficult emotions and experiences, and had more direct and clear communication skills.

This program is offered in partnership with the Boulder Veterans Center at no cost to participants. Donations are always welcome and appreciated.

Operation Be Herd meets on Fridays from 10 am - Noon for 8 weeks. Each session is limited to 10 participants.

Session 1:  Friday, February 24 - Friday, April 14

Session 2:  Friday, June 9 - Friday, July 28 (registration will open February 25)

Session 3:  Friday, September 9 - November 17 (registration will open June 10)


I am so grateful for the Medicine Horse [board of] directors and equine therapists who have opened doors for our veterans from varying branches of the service, and varying conflicts, to participate in their equine therapy program. Collaborating with Medicine Horse has provided an opportunity for some of our nation’s veterans to find some healing and acceptance in the community in a way they have found difficult since their discharge from the service.


Our veterans have found great benefit in being outside, slowing down, interacting with the horses and being present, as well as getting to know the equine therapists. This equine therapy group collaboration between our two agencies has afforded some of our nation’s veterans with an opportunity they would not otherwise have been able to experience, if not for the generosity of Medicine Horse.


Medicine Horse, we thank you for finding a way to honor our nation’s veterans in a meaningful and heartfelt way.

 ~ Collette Archibald, LCSW

    Director of the Boulder Veterans Center

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