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Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue joins with nonprofit for first annual veterans program

LYNCHBURG — Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue in Afton has teamed up with the Horses Helping Heroes Project for a five-week program called Horses Helping Heroes and Hope’s Legacy Challenge.

The nonprofits are looking for military veterans facing physical, mental and emotional challenges to participate in the free equine-assisted program. The organizations will use horses as a “therapeutic modality” for veterans, according to a news release.

Each veteran will team up with a specifically chosen horse and Hope’s Legacy volunteer and will learn the basics of equine horsemanship.

The release describes the program as a win-win for both veterans and the horses. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 9 through Oct. 7, veterans will:

learn essential barn and equine safety skills and etiquette to ensure a positive and safe experience;

become a part of an equine team that is made up of a specifically chosen horse, as well as a highly experienced Hope’s Legacy volunteer; and

create a bond of mutual trust and respect within their equine team to appropriately learn to groom, halter and lead their horse through obstacle courses.

The classes will be held in the Afton area, and lunch is included.

For more information or to fill out an application, email Sarah Olivia at


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