Horses

N.J. Horse To Be Awarded Planetree Service Animal Medal of Honor

da5836e11e29b821ed20_Sprin_Therapy_Horse.JPG
Spring Thaw gets some loving from a young client at Spring Reins of Life. Credits: Provided by Spring Reins of Life
da5836e11e29b821ed20_Sprin_Therapy_Horse.JPG

 

THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Thanks to bitter cold weather, it had been some time since the veterans had been able to attend therapy sessions at Spring Reins of Life (SRoL).

When the weather cleared the veterans arrived at the farm with news they were excited to share — Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse, was to be honored by the Veteran’s Administration with the Planetree Service Animal Medal of Honor. For SRoL co-founder Christianna Capra, the news was bittersweet. Just a few days earlier, on Jan. 20, Spring was laid to rest due to the infirmities of old age.

Sign Up for E-News

Spring was a founding member of the SRoL therapy herd. “Since our beginning of Operation Horse, Spring has worked with and served over 700 veterans from the N.J. VA Healthcare System as well as local combat veterans in New Jersey. Many of whom referred to him as ‘The General or Grandpa.’ This is a very special honor for us. Spring's remaining Herd members will accept this Honor on his behalf, posthumously,” Capra said.

A ceremony to honor Spring will be held on Tuesday, March 20 — the first day of Spring — at 10:30 a.m. at Hunt Cap Farm, 401 Main Street, Three Bridges. It would also have been Spring’s 31st birthday.

Only 15 service animals in the country are being awarded the Medal of Honor. A national ceremony will be held in October in Maryland. 

“Spring's life left a life marker on countless clients in the nine years he spent working his JediHorse magic in our EAP arena. We are so blessed to have had his guidance and wisdom shared so freely,” Capra said.

See https://www.facebook.com/events/1756402561058180/ for information about the ceremony, e-mail info@springreinsoflife.org or call 347-886-2798.

A Comedy Night fundraiser is also planned for April 21 at the Flemington Elks. Details will be available soon.

See www.springreinsoflife.org for more information about SRoL.

SRoL Mission Statement:

Spring Reins of Life is dedicated to promoting psychological healing, emotional well-being and personal growth using the skills of mental health professionals and the guided assistance of horses.  For thousands of years there has been a unique bond between humans and horses, it is our mission to enhance and leverage this bond to reach those individuals who are suffering from the effects of trauma, loss, drug addiction and/or the combined stressors and obstacles set forth by either circumstance or societal confines.

The primary populations that Spring Reins of Life works to serve are At Risk Youth, Military Veterans and their Families, and Bereaved Children.

See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net

Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHorses/

Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.

Download the FREE TAPinto App! Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Somerville Approves 40-Acre Transit Village with Route 206 Gateway

May 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset Station, an expansive Transit Village featuring apartments, townhouses, retail stores and a community center alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line - with an interior roadway providing access to Route 206 - was given site plan and subdivision approvals by the Planning Board following a 3 ½-hour meeting Wednesday night.

The final application is based ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_d4aa1a67a2453396e08f_dog_walk_april_24_2010_group_shot_copy

Sat, May 26, 10:15 AM

Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge

Lord Stirling Stable Offers Saturday Dog Walks

Health & Wellness

Fri, June 1, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team has Record-Breaking Short Course Season

May 22, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - In April, Somerset Hills YMCA (SHY) Swim Team Parent Organization celebrated the team’s 2017-2018 season with its annual Awards Banquet held at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown. The event celebrates swimmers and the contributions of coaches and parents. This year, the team had quite a few record-breaking accomplishments to be proud of.

As a charitable ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!