Back in the Saddle Warriors

Thank You Biella Foundation!

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Thank you so very much to the Biella Foundation for your outstanding and needed support. Your Board is amazing and we are so grateful for the ongoing support,, especially with so many non profits doing great work, we are honored  to receive such  long time support! Thank you Joni!!

Thank You Biella Foundation!

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Thank you Biella Foundation for the ongoing generosity you have provided to serve our wounded warriors. We are so very grateful for you and your compassionate spirit! You have allowed us to do more because of this generosity. Thank you!!

Thank You Biella Foundation!

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Thank you Biella Foundation and Joni for once again doing more than talk about supporting Wounded Warriors! Your continued generous support speaks volumes and allows us to do important work in our Back In The Saddle Warriors program with your recent check. Thank you so much!!

Thank You Biella Foundation!

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Biella Foundation Supports our BITS® therapy program with a huge, generous grant to allow Heartbeat to pay for our PT in the program. We are so grateful to Joni Wolf and the Biella Foundation for their continued and generous support of this program. Thank you so very much!!

We are also grateful for the Biella Foundation grant to support wounded warrior families at Christmas. Thank you for making a difference to these incredible Heroes.

Thank You Biella Foundation

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Heartbeat is very grateful to the increasing generosity of Biella Foundation for their extreme giving to serve our courageous wounded warriors. Thank you Joni!

Thank You Biella Foundation

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Thank you for the huge donation this quarter from The Biella Foundation! Your financial support allows us to keep serving more Wounded Warriors. We are so grateful!!! Thank you Joni for your work!!

Thank You Biella Foundation

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Thank you!! Biella Foundation and Joni for your incredible support of our BITS therapy program and for the 2nd year allowing us to pay for a Physical Therapist for this program  with a grant.  We are so very very grateful for all you do to support wounded warriors thru Heartbeat! Thank you!!

Thank You Biella Foundation

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Another Huge thank you to The Biella Foundation and in particular Joni for the generous donation to help us with our programs for our wounded warriors. You are wonderful!

Thank You Biella Foundation

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Biella Foundation, Thank you for your recent generous donation. You have enabled us to do so much through your giving and Heartbeat is very grateful!!

The Biella Foundation and Joni Wolfe

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Heartbeat is extremely grateful to The Biella Foundation and Joni Wolfe for a grant  which allowed us to hire a Level 2 Hippotherapy PT for our Back In The Saddle Warriors program. This will enable us to enlarge our program to reach more Warriors. In the past, we have been limited to only being able to serve wounded warriors in the WTB at JBLM. We are so very excited by this wonderful and generous opportunity that allows us to grow and serve more. Thank you Biella Foundation!!

Heartbeat’s Hippotherapy and Equine Therapeutic Riding Validated

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The Effectiveness of Heartbeat’s Hippotherapy and Equine Therapeutic Riding Validated Statistically

by Janet Raulerson

 Definition and background of statistical analysis:

Statistical Analysis is defined as the science of collecting and presenting large amounts of data to discover underlying patters. Heartbeat utilized statistical analysis to compare the effectiveness of our Equine Therapeutic Riding Program and our Hippotherapy Program. We utilized 6 aspects to evaluate: pain level, mood, flexibility, anxiety, physical tension and ability to focus. Heartbeat wanted to see if there was a significant difference between the before rating and the after rating of the therapies; and if there was a difference, was that difference only due to chance or results of the therapy. The use of the p value in statistical analysis helps decide this. The p value represents the probability that the results of the therapy are caused by chance alone. The smaller the p value, the less likelihood that the results are due to chance.

Most analysis use a p value of 0.05 to determine that the results are not by chance but are due to the therapy. In our analysis, the p value was calculated to be 0.0001. This means that the difference between the before and after results was attributed to chance only 1 time out of 10,000. This level of difference is very significant. Bottom line, the therapies are making a substantial difference in the Wounded Warriors’ lives.

Defining Hippotherapy and Equine Therapeutic Riding:

In 2010, Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors initiated a clinical, cutting edge Hippotherapy program, appropriately named Back in the Saddle Warriors. The American Hippotherapy Association (AHA), founded in 1992, defines Hippotherapy as “the movement of the horse as a strategy by physical therapists (PT), occupational therapists (OT), and speech-language pathologist (SLP) to address impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.

Essentially, warriors perform different physical therapy maneuvers while on the horse. This requires them to perform a number of maneuvers and respond to the horse’s movements at the same time. The net effect is improved muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, strength and flexibility. Balance is particularly important for warriors with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Horses and humans have something in common, a pelvis that works and moves the same way. Both have identical hip movements when walking. Sitting on a moving horse allows the warrior’s body to move naturally. It strengthens muscle groups. Staying upright on a horse requires balance, coordination and muscle strength. Injuries from war may have affected those abilities and these can be helped by this therapy.

Although the horse is utilized as a physical therapy tool, the animal can offer much more. The warriors respond emotionally as well as physically to the horse.   These animals are gentle and sensitive, and have a unique ability to sense human emotions.  Horses are also able to mirror the warrior’s emotions so that he has a better understanding of where he is emotionally. This special bond helps warriors work through difficult issues. This can build confidence and change their outlook on life. In short, it can help bring healing.

In 2018, Heartbeat added a second therapy program to Back in the Saddle Warriors: Equine Therapeutic Riding. This therapy teaches the warrior to ride while working on posture, balance and confidence. As stated earlier, balance is very important for those warriors with TBI. Riding on the horse also has a positive impact, and affects the body brain connection in a positive way.

Design and set up of the therapy programs:

Data was collected in the form of pre therapy and post therapy evaluations for 6 different aspects: pain, anxiety, flexibility, physical tension, mood and ability to focus. Each warrior would rate each aspect on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being no pain, no anxiety, very flexible, relaxed, good mood and good ability to focus. A rating of 10 represented maximum pain, high anxiety, tight, tense, negative mood, and poor ability to focus. Data was collected for Hippotherapy from December 18th, 2012 to November 2nd, 2014 (173 therapy sessions); January 13th, 2015 to December 13, 2016 (86 therapy sessions); and January 7, 2019 to July 17, 2019 (51 therapy sessions). Equine Therapeutic Riding utilized that same 6 aspects and same evaluation forms for the months of January 2, 2018 to July 17, 2019 (125 therapy sessions).

The Hippotherapy data and the Equine Therapeutic Riding data were analyzed separately. After comparing all of the before and after data in a paired t-test, the results showed an extremely significant difference with a p value of .0001. Therefore, the warriors showed extremely significant improvement in terms of pain level, anxiety, flexibility, physical tension, mood and ability to focus for both Hippotherapy and Equine Therapeutic Riding. Heartbeat also noted that several of the warriors were able to come off many of their medications and one warrior that needed a cane for walking was able walk independently after weeks of Equine Therapeutic Riding.

Heartbeat is continuing to keep evaluations on all of the warriors involved in each of the two programs for further analysis. We are extremely excited that both of these therapies can now be validated both qualitatively as well as quantitatively.

 

 

*New Program* BITS KIDS

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BITS KIDS, Back In The Saddle KIDS ( Hippotherapy Riding Program ), for special needs, disabled children of Wounded Warriors

Rehabilitating Those Who Served

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Snohomish Tribune article on Heartbeat’s Morale Building Programs By MELANIE RUSSELL

Snoho Article By MELANIE RUSSELL

Thank You Cascade West Productions

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Thank you Cascade West Productions and especially Karen and Julie for their hard work at the Barrel Racing Fund raising event they held in Oregon for us this August. Each year now these wonderful ladies do an extremely great job supporting our Wounded Warriors in the BITS Warriors program. Thank you!!

Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors Therapy Programs PPT

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Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors Therapy Programs PPT

Cascade West Productions Fundraising Event

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Cascade West Productions Fundraising Event for BITS WARRIORS Program

Thank you to Cascade West Productions for the awesome and generous barrel racing event in Oregon the last week of Auguast 2016. Julie and Karen absolutely did a fabulous job which took a lot of hard work. Thank you so very much for raising of $3,537. To serve our Wounded Warriors in our BITS Program!

Barrel Racing Event Thank You

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Thank you to Cascade West Productions at their Barrel Racing event ,and Julie Goforth and Karen Askin for their outstanding and wonderful fundraiser in Oregon this summer to assist with our Back In The Saddle Warriors Program (BITS WARRIORS). You were so generous and we are very grateful for your support.They raised $2687.50!! Thank you also to Action Plus Photography (208-410-5501) for the pictures they took and donated to Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors!

Thank you All so much!!

Hippotherapy, charitable organization helps wounded warriors

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Army Sgt. Michael Buccieri conducts arm movements as part of a hippotherapy session at an Olympia, Wash., ranch April 9, 2013. Elisia Mutter, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) certified equine instructor and the program manager for Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors: Back in the Saddle Warriors, helps control the movement of the horse. Buccieri was wounded during a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. He has responded positively both physically and emotionally to hippotherapy and recommends it to other wounded warriors as a positive way to get exercise and improve their daily moods. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin, 19th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Army Sgt. Michael Buccieri, Madigan Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion, bonds with Davis, a horse used in the hippotherapy program offered by the Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors organization April 9, 2013. Buccieri was wounded while serving as a military policeman in Afghanistan. Working with an occupational therapist from the WTB, the team from Heartbeat and Davis, he said he has noticed a big improvement in both his strength and flexibility. His bond with Davis has also greatly improved his mood. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin, 19th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Army Sgt. Michael Buccieri, Madigan Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion, bonds with Davis, a horse used in the hippotherapy program offered by the Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors organization April 9, 2013. Buccieri was wounded while serving as a military policeman in Afghanistan. Working with an occupational therapist from the WTB, the team from Heartbeat and Davis, he said he has noticed a big improvement in both his strength and flexibility. His bond with Davis has also greatly improved his mood. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin, 19th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Army Sgt. Michael Buccieri grooms Davis, a 6-year-old horse from the Back in the Saddle Warriors hippotherapy program at a ranch in Olympia, Wash., April 9, 2013. Buccieri is recovering from a gunshot wound to the lower back he received during an ambush in Afghanistan. He has been in the hippotherapy program for five weeks and has seen results in his strength and flexibility. He said it is a good alternative to typical rehabilitative therapy because it is fun and also peaceful. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin, 19th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Phyllis Lang, a certified occupational therapist assistant with the Madigan Army Medical Center Warrior Transition Battalion, helps Army Sgt. Michael Buccieri stretch during a hippotherapy session at a ranch in Olympia, Wash., April 9, 2013. Buccieri was shot in the back while deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. He is taking part in the Back in the Saddle Warriors program available through a local charitable organization, Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors. He and other soldiers work one-on-one with the occupational therapist and the Heartbeat team to work on his flexibility and core strength while riding on a horse. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin, 19th Public Affairs Detachment)

Read the full article here:  http://www.dvidshub.net/news/105206/hippotherapy-charitable-organization-helps-wounded-warriors#.VDjBAvldVik

Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors as Charity of the Month

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Bonneville Media of Seattle including their partners, The Seahawks, Carter Subaru, Les Swab Tires, Chose Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors™ as Charity of the Month for November on radio stations, KTTH, KIRO, ESPN.

Audio of interview with one of our Wounded Warrior Heroes:

Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors®: Let the Healing Begin...®