What is Horse Feathers?
Horse Feathers is an equine learning and wellness program that pairs veterans with equines with an emphasis on equine driving. Participants have the opportunity to learn about cart and wagon driving, harnessing, ground driving, horse evaluation, and emergency unloading. Our program is a valuable resource in the treatment of post traumatic stress (PTS). It is our hope to help veterans who may be struggling with any degree of PTS; however, all veterans are welcome to participate in this program, either as a participant or a volunteer.
Who is Involved?
The Director of Horse Feathers is Cathy Languerand, who is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Certified Driving Instructor. She is also certifed by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). She is a Reiki master and does empathic work with horses.
Margaret Allende is a life coach and a licensed mental health professional who assists with the program.
When Does the Program Run?
It's going on now! Currently Ray of Light Farm wishes to offer 8-10 veterans, of any age, participation in the next planned Horse Feathers Program six-week cohort starting on designated Wednesday mornings. Transportation assistance may be available. To sign up, learn more about Horse Feathers or to make a referral or volunteer, please contact Jackie Mickiewicz, Program Coordinator at 860-550-1955.
What Facilities Do We Offer?
Horse Feathers has its own dedicated area within Ray of Light Farm. At present, we have two container buildings, one that stores our carts and wagons, and the other that houses a classroom area, our harnesses and other tack. We have two small sheds and a recently donated construction trailer that will become our formal office. We also have an outdoor driving ring with a rubber/sand surface that is ideal for driving. Our area affords privacy for veterans.
Who Are the Stars of the Program?
We have many horses and donkeys available for partnership in our program. For example, there are Race Car, Gopher and Ivy, mini horses; Bjorn, our star Norwegian Fjord; Sandy, our newest mule; Emily the donkey; and Bonnie and Clyde, our Percheron/Standardbred horses.