Combat Boots to Cowboy Boots is a 40 hour hands-on training program to help Veterans find a new profession that they can value the rest of their lives. They will be learning about horse safety and handling (and how unique and fun horses are!), horse care and farm equipment and maintenance. With over 600 horse farms in the area, jobs are available for Veterans already who have proven work ethic. Farms are stepping forward to support our program and give our Veterans priority in hiring for new positions.
The outdoor, active, hands-on training will culminate in an Equine Specialist Certificate. It is scheduled 2 days a week, 4 hours a day, five weeks. All aspects of horse care will be covered, including shoeing, safe handling, equine psychology, feeding, medications, vital signs, lameness and stall cleaning. Also included is training and experience with basic farm tools and equipment, such as zero turn lawn mowers, weed eaters, pressure washers and manure spreaders.
We offer individualized reintegration program for returning Veterans and their families, as well as individualized sessions for Vietnam Veterans looking to heal more fully from the effects of returning from war.
There is never any charge to Veterans for any of our services (even our drop in "Hug and Groom" times!). But we need your support. Remember this is a LOCAL organization helping LOCAL Veterans. Please consider donating TODAY!
$500 covers the entire cost of a Veteran from training to job placement.
Perhaps you know of a group or an organization that would like to sponsor a Veteran. We would be happy to give a presentation or invite you to visit our ranch. Please call for more info. 352-239-3484