As of Tuesday, July 24, 2018
By “Dr. G” Michael-Renee Godfrey, Psy D, RN, LPC.
& Jinny Cash
Active duty military and veterans may be interested in an upcoming program July 27-28 that brings participants and horses together for a variety of activities, starting with simple care and grooming and including use of the horses for therapy and personal growth, known as equine assisted resilience coaching. The full days are filled with opportunities for learning and ample time for participants to bond with others who have shared similar experiences from their military careers.
“I’ve loved horses since I was 9,” said licensed professional counselor Michael-Renee Godfrey, Psy D, RN, LPC, a.k.a. Dr. G. “I just want to be there to help people. Having gone to war, I know what people experienced there that you wouldn’t in civilian life. When I see the light bulb come on, when I know a veteran knows they’re heard and understood and they know they have power in their life, that’s why I do it.”
No prior horse experience is needed and all work is done on the ground; there is no riding involved.
Why horses? While they are large and sometimes intimidating creatures, they are inherently honest and offer a pure, non-judgmental relationship. Their feedback is immediate and accurate. They offer the participant a mirror into themselves and the opportunity to reflect, learn and grow through the interaction with the horses. Horses are forgiving and accept you for who you are regardless of your background.
Participation July 27-28 at Jinny Cash’s venue is free of charge for veterans, but as of July 16, there was availability for only four or five more to sign up. Contact Jinny Cash, 208-983-9387, or Marshall Hickman, 208-602-4328.