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Our Mission

To optimize mental performance and resiliency through active recovery, decompression, and engagement. Promoting self-confidence and a true calibration of one’s internal compass.




Designed for Active & Retired
First Responders

The War Horses First Responder program primarily translates into verbal and non-verbal communication techniques that first responders will use in their personal and professional lives. The same techniques used to communicate with horses are also effective tools to communicate with humans in an operational environment and within the communities they serve. This program enables the first responder to maintain an optimal level of performance and develop their personal and professional abilities, while simultaneously improving their mental performance. 


A large portion of first responders throughout the nation struggle with levels of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and several other conditions attributed to constant exposure to traumatic events. This leads to detachment from their families, living in a constant state of assessment (eyes on), and coping with judgments from peers and leaders.  In time, this can lead to a physical and emotional breakdown that makes the first responder mentally and physically fatigued.


Therapeutic programs are not necessarily appealing to our first responders until they reach a breaking point and feel like they have limited options. This is one of the many reasons why War Horses developed a program that does not look or feel like traditional therapy. War Horses uses like-minded coaches and mentors to help first responders navigate their personal situations. This program serves as both a reset, skill tune-up, and performance optimization program that is adaptable at many levels, promoting holistic mental, physical, and family wellness. From developing young first responders’ foundational skills in communication, self-awareness, and goal-direction, to a senior first responder who needs a reset to reorganize priorities and refocus for the next phase of life/career; this program meets the first responder mission-oriented mindset.

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About FR
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"One of the most restorative and remarkable experiences I've been apart of as a firefighter!" - Beth


War Horses for First Responders is a five-day onsite program for both active and retired first responders, provided at no cost to the participant. Travel, lodging, meals, and program cost are provided by the organization. The five days of the WHFR program are broken into multiple sections with varying training objectives aimed at holistic wellness, decompression, and performance optimization. Each section enhances and integrates with another. Each section is a stand-alone opportunity for healing and growth. Participants can engage to their level of comfort though we encourage them to push themselves for personal gain.

FR Experience



Through working with horses, our tailored coaching approach provides tools and techniques that translate both personally and professionally.

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No experience required. Learn how to interact and engage with horses from foundational skills to advanced riding.



Work side by side with the team and see how everyday chores can renew one’s purpose and calm the mind.



Focusing on You. Repairing connections through personal reflection, revisiting your core values, and rebuilding trust within yourself.


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"To take control, sometimes you have to loosen the reigns." - Coop 

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