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Horses for Heroes

06 Feb

{mosimage}We tip our virtual 10-gallon hat to Horses for Heroes, a unique wellness and voc rehab “horse therapy” program, based in Santa Fe, NM, that’s free to veterans and active military who’ve sustained injuries or combat trauma during their service.

From the get-go, the veterans work with the horses, from ground work to riding. They also learn other aspects of ranch life, including working cattle and, most importantly, experiencing the camaraderie they’ve been missing, this time with cowboys who are Veterans themselves.

There’s a terrific write-up of the program here by Phil Parker of the Albuquerque Journal.

Located on the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway at the Crossed Arrows Ranch, it’s led by Director and Trainer Rick Ianucci (plse show terrifying guy shown here: (  and an impressive staff.  It’s the only program of its kind to be partnered with the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

I learned about the program from Sgt Andy Brandi, USMC, combat trauma advisor and author of The Warrior’s Guide to Insanity. His website also pulls no punches and offers a lot of help to wounded warriors too.

For more info, you can call 505.798.2535 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cowboy up and happy trails!

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award