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Hooves for Heroes is an equine-assisted horsemanship program for military veterans which offers services found nowhere else in Northern Alabama. One particular benefit Hooves for Heroes provides that other barns cannot is the focus on veteran’s mental health by providing a tranquil facility for equine and non-equine activities.
Hooves for Heroes was created by Hannah Padgett, who has 20+ years in the horse business. Having several military friends with PTSD that enjoyed coming to her family’s farm just to relax and be around nature, Hannah realized that an office was not the place for veterans to truly open up and work towards a better self. This is when the idea of an equine assisted program came to her. Hannah created Hooves for Heroes to provide an environment which feels safe and uses horses as a tool to help veterans feel whole again. This environment allows people to open up and share without feeling like they have or need to. Hannah strives to create an environment conducive in allowing veterans to gain their personal power back.
In order to facilitate trust, respect, and bond with their horses, participants are challenged to execute many tasks that require the demonstration of initiative, confidence, commitment, honesty, and empathy. Through the experiences gained in applying these attributes, a participant develops:
Twin Lakes Stable is a drug-free facility and requires all employees, volunteers, clients and students to adhere by their strict drug policy guidelines. If you are suspected to be under the influence on the property we reserve the right to drug test. If positive, you will forfeit any monies paid by yourself, scholarship or sponsor and will not be allowed back on the property.
Typically, horsemanship sessions last an hour (but we encourage veterans to stay and volunteer). That time includes the mounting, dismounting, grooming, etc.
Sessions are typically ten weeks long but are occasionally shorter due to holidays, weather, and facility availability.
Each rider is asked to pay the full session cost of $50 per lesson, which totals $500 for a ten-week session. This small fee covers less than 25% of our operating costs.
Please see below for additional payment options.
Upon acceptance into the program, you will be notified of the days available for sessions.
Since Twin Lakes Stable is a newly constructed facility, we are always needing individuals to help with things on the farm. In exchange for your dues being waived, a working veteran at Twin Lakes Stable will help with various projects on the farm. Projects and chores may include: helping install stalls, frame rooms, stain fences/walls, feed horses, clean stalls, pick up trash, weed-eat, spray fence lines, cut tree limbs down, rake hallway, clean, unload hay, keep hiking trails clean, assemble items, etc.
If you are a skilled veteran or just plain "handy", you could qualify for our working veteran program. Please do not hesitate to contact us today.
Even though Hooves for Heroes is not a non-profit, we believe that veterans should not have to pay for the program out of pocket. To help make this happen, we host several fundraisers annually to raise funds for our scholarship program. Because funds are limited, we are only able to accept a few veterans for our scholarship program.
If you cannot pay for the program out of pocket and have been wait-listed for our scholarship program, you may get a business or individual to sponsor your sessions. It is not tax deductible, however, they will have a small banner/poster with their logo posted in/or around the stable in our high traffic areas, their logo on our website, mentions on our social media (Facebook & Instagram) and signage at our events.
You may get multiple sponsors to pay for all or half of your dues.
Because Twin Lakes Stable and Hooves for Heroes is a large operation, we always have a need for volunteers. Please contact us if you would like to know more about our volunteer opportunities!