Q: How much do the sessions costs?
The sessions are free for US Veterans
Q: How long do they last?
Depending on the activity, from 1-2 hours
Q: When does SFS meet?
Saddles for Soldiers currently meets every other Wednesday from 10am-Noon, (an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is scheduled at 9-10, horse activity starts after).
Q: Does everyone attend the AA meeting?
No- the AA meeting is an open meeting for the community and any veteran who needs to attend.
Q: How many people are in the activity?
Between 2-12, average is 6
Q: Do we ride every time?
No, SFS can do a variety of activities, including grooming, walking, and riding horses. There are also group activities that use horses in an arena where you don’t get on. Everything is a learning experience.
Q: What happens if there are more than 12 people?
You would be put on a waiting list. Often people cancel.
Q: Do we go through “therapy?”
No, there is a “check in” at the end of the session, but it is not a traditional therapy. We do not do any “deep work” or processing. More like a “how was your experience today?”
Q: Is therapy offered?
Yes, professional therapy is offered at the ranch if needed on an individual basis which would need to be scheduled at another time.
Q; What are the horses like?
They are specially trained horses, mostly American Quarter Horses, mares and geldings age 6-18.
Q: What happens if we can’t make it?
Due to our very busy schedule, it is a ranch policy to cancel AT LEAST 24 hours in advance unless there is an emergency.
Q: How do you get funded?
SFS is a program branch of Shadow Hills Riding Club, a non-profit organization. We rely on private donations, grants, and fundraising efforts. We also receive funding through the Wounded Warrior Project for those Veterans who qualify.
Q: How much does it cost to keep a horse for this program?
It costs approximately $10,000 a year per horse. Since the horses are used for other programs at SHRC, the costs is divided. Some horses are used more often for specific activities.
Q: I’m a US Veteran but am not diagnosed with any trauma and/or have not been in the service during combat. Can I still attend?
Yes. If you have served, you are welcome.
Q: I would like to volunteer at the facility, what do I have to do?
You’ll first need to attend a volunteer orientation session and be properly trained. You can find more volunteer information at www.shadowhillsridingclub.org