Hooves for Heroes offers respite, healing for military, kids and families

Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 05:15 PM.

The farm's trainers are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, or PATH.

Humans aren't Silent Hoove's only beneficiaries. The farm's two ponies and three horses also come from troubled backgrounds.

"Each has overcome his own challenges, so soldiers say, 'OK, I can relate.' The horses come here to heal and they inspire adults and children to come here and heal," Peters said.  "The horses understand. They can feed off that. Their energy feeds to the rider and they overcome challenges."

At the end, Peters said, it's all about soldiers, special-needs kids and their families.

"We want to keep families close together and let them know they have a really strong support back here at home," she said.

Peters' own family is an integral part of the program, which she cofounded with Jesse before he deployed. Their daughter, Isabella, 3, is already on her way to being an equestrienne, Lexi said, though their son, Christopher, 21 months, just likes watching the animals.

'A real simple program'

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