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Healing with Hooves:

Empowering Young Heroes through Equine Therapy

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Equine Therapy Retreat is an innovative program designed to support the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as a Fallen Hero. This program combines Equine-Assisted Therapy with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education to provide a unique and engaging experience for children to learn and heal.

The program is based on the principle that horses are intelligent and sensitive animals that can provide a powerful therapeutic experience. The program is designed to help children build trust, communication skills, and self-confidence by working with horses in a supportive and structured environment. The activities are designed to be fun, engaging, and challenging while also providing a sense of accomplishment and personal growth.

In addition to Equine-Assisted Therapy, the program also includes STEM education activities that are designed to inspire children to explore and learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. The program aims to help children develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills while also fostering a sense of curiosity and creativity.

STEM Equine Retreat Therapy program activities may include:

  1. Equine-Assisted Therapy: Activities may include grooming, leading, and riding horses under the guidance of a qualified therapist. Children will learn how to communicate effectively with the horse and develop a sense of trust and connection.

  2. Science Activities: Activities may include learning about horse anatomy, horse behavior, and horse care. Children will learn how to take vital signs, identify parts of the horse, and understand the horse's behavior.

  3. Technology Activities: Activities may include learning about horse equipment, horse training techniques, and horse-related technologies such as sensors and monitoring devices. Children will learn how technology is used in the care and management of horses.

  4. Engineering Activities: Activities may include designing and building horse-related structures such as jumps or obstacles. Children will learn how to use basic engineering principles to create functional and safe structures.

  5. Math Activities: Activities may include measuring and calculating horse-related data such as weight, height, and feed. Children will learn how math is used in the care and management of horses.

Overall, STEM Equine Retreat Therapy is a unique and engaging program that can provide children of Fallen Heroes with the support and resources they need to heal and grow. By combining Equine-Assisted Therapy with STEM education, children can develop essential life skills while also learning about the world around them.


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Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC) is the ultimate destination for all who love horses, outdoor living, and an active lifestyle. Home of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, TIEC offers first-class facilities for equestrian events of all levels and disciplines. Located in the Blue Ridge Foothills of Mill Spring, NC, the competition experience is complemented by diverse onsite restaurants, a variety of shops, relaxing lodging getaways, family entertainment, and more.

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Biltmore  Horseback Trail & Carriage Rides

Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced horseman, enjoy an unforgettable guided expedition through beautiful woodlands on a horse chosen to match your skill level. 

Relax in an elegant carriage drawn by our Belgian draft horses as you take in picturesque views of Biltmore House and its 8,000-acre backyard.


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