Horses4Heroes helps military members unwind
Local event, Horses4Heroes, is making Las Vegas a better place to live.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We're used to seeing them in uniform and on base. But recently, a group of our heroes from Nellis Air Force Base stepped into civilian clothes and hopped on the back of a horse. And they're getting to do it at Horses 4 Heroes.
It's a working ranch where heroes get the chance to ride and work with some of the most majestic animals on the planet.
Horses4Heroes recently hosted airmen and women from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases.
Sheila Johnston is the Public Affairs Director for Nellis Airforce Base, "We try to keep a lot inside bottled up. We're supposed to be strong warriors, and we are. And we do that well. But we need to find that relief valve so we can be better for our families and our team."
The stress these fighting men and women are under is unique, so learning to cope with stress in a unique environment seems fitting.
Along with team work, founder Syd Knott said the heroes learn to trust themselves again, "I have vets who come out here who spend the whole time talking to a horse. Things they can't say to family or other soldiers. They talk to the horses."
One of the women lost both of her parents while she was deployed to Iraq. Grieving was a privilege she couldn't afford.
It's these kinds of stories the horses hear. Johnston says, "I think it's important because we don't always know how to deal with every day stresses on top of the other pieces that work brings."
Horses4Heroes makes horse back riding affordable for all sorts of heroes including firefighters, police officers, even victims of domestic violence.
It's a national program now, but Syd founded the program right here in Las Vegas.