Soldiers, Veterans, and Horses Connect

A group of horseback riders side by side viewed from the rear
Mounted US Park Police lead soldiers and veterans recovering from PTSD and brain injuries through Rock Creek Park.

U.S. Army Photo

Rock Creek Park and the United States Park Police Horse Mounted Unit have partnered with Rock Creek Riders to offer opportunities for DC-area soldiers and veterans recovering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorders. Recent studies suggest that therapeutic horseback riding has promising results for these patients, allowing them to improve both their mental and physical abilities.

The park is a perfect setting to get away from the city hustle and find peace and tranquility where riders can let go of daily stress. Members of the US Park Police Mounted Unit provide the guidance and support to build patients' confidence. Rock Creek Riders brings a unique focus on the physical and emotional needs of brain-injured soldiers and vets through The Ridewell Program.

Rock Creek Park

Last updated: November 2, 2018