Located in tranquil Long Valley, 'Project Horses For Forces' is a fully sponsored horsemanship training program for military veterans of all eras, and active service members, who suffer from visible or unseen wounds of combat or service. The Project also includes programs for families and children of actively deployed service personnel and families of those lost in combat or due to military suicide.
Freeholder Sue Soloway said, "Watching Veterans work with their horses, cleaning, training and caring for them, as well as the sense of community fostered and developed by Ruth Nortje, founder of the program, was impactful.
Each Veteran had to work hard to develop the trust of the animal, which instills trust and confidence in themselves. Project Horses For Forces is a meaningful and necessary program and we are grateful there is a program for our military men and women, and their families, to participate in to find hope and to heal."