Both Operation Freedom Paws and DreamPower Horsemanship have been recognized nationally for the services they offer veterans and others with disabilities. In 2011 DreamPower Horsemanship founder Martha McNiel was selected as the PATH International Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning Professional of the Year. In 2012 OFP Founder Mary Cortani was selected as a CNN Top 10 Hero.
“DreamPower Horsemanship and Operation Freedom Paws are very close, not only in the location of services, but also in goals, spirit and intent. The goal of each organization is to improve the lives of veterans, their families, and others with disabilities or special needs in the community. We both recognize the unique contributions animals can bring to the healing process and to life, whether it is a dog or a horse. Working together with Operation Freedom Paws has brought new friends, new ideas, new opportunities, a lot of fun and added resources to DreamPower. We are grateful to share a partnership with OFP!” said Martha McNiel, founder of DreamPower Horsemanship.
This joint venture between Operation Freedom Paws and DreamPower Horsemanship will offer a combination of service animals and therapy, providing a single platform to assist veterans and other disabled adults and children.
About Operation Freedom Paws
Founded in January 2010, Operation Freedom Paws is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that pairs dogs with individuals who have Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Complex-Post Traumatic Stress (CPTS) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms, or other physical, neurological, psychological or mobility needs. Under the guidance of qualified instructors, clients learn to teach their dogs both obedience and specific service tasks to help with their disability. After approximately 48 weeks of increasingly-
About DreamPower Horsemanship
Founded in 2002, DreamPower Foundation, Inc. (DBA DreamPower Horsemanship)
Working with horses provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in therapeutic activities outside of a traditional therapeutic environment. Seeing how a horse responds to body movements and tone of voice can help reinforce the power of calm, assertive behavior over a tendency toward aggressive or anxious engagements. And of course it opens the heart when a person of any age or ability begins to feel the mutual respect that occurs when a horse and person come to know, trust and communicate with each other, whether in the saddle or on the ground. Learn more at: dreampowerhorsemanship.com
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