Heroes and Horses
An Alpine couple has created a special place for our nation's heroes to begin their journey of healing.
Faced with mental and physical health problems associated with serving on the front lines, Saddles In Service offers an innovative way for those who have served our nation and communities to heal.
Founded by Mike and Tammy Oluvic in 2017, the dream of Saddles In Service became a reality when Mike retired from the United States Navy in 2016. After relocating to Storm Son's Ranch in Alpine, Tammy learned about a group of horses that had been rescued and in need of forever homes. Two days later, Storm Son's Ranch had their first two rescue horses. Today, the ranch is home to thirteen amazing horses, each with a unique story.
The Saddles In Service program offers Active Duty Military, Veterans, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, and First Responders the unique opportunity to explore their own healing alongside a rescue horse. Their program is absolutely free to Heroes and their families, and it is tailored to fit the specific physical and emotional needs of each Hero they serve. Saddles In Service carefully pairs Hero and horse and assists the pair in building their relationship through grooming, groundwork, and riding. "These majestic animals are mirrors to our souls. They bring out how I am feeling. I started out a nervous wreck. But as time and patience has taught me, everyone, including and especially the horses, bring positive reinforcement to this vet," said Army Veteran, Kyle Green.
While working with their horses, Heroes learn the importance of being aware and begin to work on controlling their emotions. Throughout the program, Heroes regain confidence, learn patience, and rediscover themselves