Equest's Hooves for Heroes + Adaptive Training Foundation pay tribute to Flag Day

This blog was written by Hooves for Heroes Program Counselor Christa Collum, MSW, LMSW on Wednesday, June 15, 2017.

Yesterday America celebrated Flag Day. A day set aside to honor the establishment of the American flag as we know it today. It has many names: Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, The Star Spangled Banner, or The Red, White, And Blue. Yet, The American Flag is a constant; it has become a symbol ingrained in our culture. For many people it represents freedom, hope, courage, or strength.

Equest-Hooves for Heroes spent Flag Day honoring those same characteristics we cherish in the American Flag. The fearless athletes and trainers from the Adaptive Training Foundation came out to experience the healing power of horses. The athletes were able test their strength and gentleness while guiding their equine partners through some fun trails located in the forested areas of The Texas Horse Park. Some even took Zeus and the carriage for a drive through Equest’s property.

Personally, this is one of my favorite events to be a part of. I like witnessing the formation of love for horses from someone who hasn’t experienced it yet. I get inspired by the braveness of the athletes to try something new that is perhaps out of their comfort zone. I am moved by connections I see happening between the horses, athletes, volunteers and staff. The day was humid and hot but it was not noticed; the smiles, laughter, and comradery of new friends are what stood out in my mind. The Adaptive Training Foundation’s mission is to empower the human athlete, restore hope through movement, and redefine the limits of individuals with disabilities. Team ATF and Hooves for Heroes, I think we #nailedit on Flag Day! Lastly, a BIG thank you to Carry the Load for the support and dedication to these two organizations!