Hiatus Ranch of Idaho is dedicated to saving lives through interaction with Equines, livestock, and nature. Its purpose is to offer a 30-day rehabilitation program for combat veterans looking for ways to heal physically and spiritually. This program will be conducted between 3-4 times a year and have between 2 and no more than 5 veterans.
The establishment of Hiatus Ranch intends to explore the ongoing conversation of suicide prevention among veterans while continuing the age-old, proven, and the powerful bond between horse and rider. Horses help heal and have long been used for rehabilitative therapies. Attending veterans will live onsite with all basic living needs provided.
The participants will take part in a program of equine care and basic horsemanship, from beginner all the way through to advanced, as they choose. Treating the whole person, we will also offer guidance and assistance via professional financial advisors to help veterans manage the financial aspect of their lives, as needed, leading to greater independence and stability.
Mental health counseling is another important aspect of recovery that will be available and offered to the veterans. In addition, “Equilibria ” a national coaching program devoted to diversity training will be taught to the veterans so that they might learn to increase self-awareness, exercise self-intervention, and be better able to interact and cope with the many personality types around them and in the world.
The essentials of animal husbandry including horses, cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, donkeys and alpaca will be taught while on the ranch. This kind of knowledge will help to further a sense of responsibility for those creatures that require help for survival, fostering interdependency and nurturance and will further the bonds between man and animal.
A hyperbaric chamber will be available as another form of rehabilitation for the veterans. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a type of supervised treatment used to accelerate the healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. HBOT helps wound healing by bringing oxygen-rich plasma to tissue starved for oxygen.
Additional types of self-help programming will be added over time. An on-site gym, woodworking shop, metalworking, are just a few of our ideas, what we can achieve at Hiatus Ranch of Idaho with your support is endless.