The Mounted Unit has been working on this program for years. We are beyond excited to work with EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program!
The Virginia Beach Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit is excited to be partnering with EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program / Equi-Vets for a program that is the first of its kind in the nation! The Equine Therapeutic Riding Program will be focused towards helping our officers who are struggling from the trauma that is continually experienced daily on the job. Officers are prone to struggling with PTSD and other mental health issues due to consistent exposure to traumatic situations. The program will consist of a two-hour session each week for six weeks. Participants will learn horsemanship skills, groundwork skills, and some basic riding. The program will be utilizing the Mounted Patrol horses and the Equi-Kids certified therapeutic riding instructors. Animal therapy has been shown to be extremely beneficial, as riding and caring for horses can help to improve anxiety and improve emotional awareness and build confidence. Officers of the Mounted Patrol will be assisting with the program and look forward to helping our fellow officers heal.
This week marked the start of the first session of the program, and it’s off to a great start! 🐴