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Synopsis: Operation Equine – WARRIOR Pack Trip (USA)

Directed By – Michelle Kaye

8:00 mins

Michelle Kaye, MA, LPC, introduces Operation Equine, a non-profit organization that offers equine assisted psychotherapy and equine guided education to military service members, veterans, emergency responders, and their families. The video also discusses the benefits of animal assisted therapy.
Michelle then introduces Operation Equine’s new signature program, the WARRIOR Therapeutic Pack Trip. This six-day trip takes soldiers and veterans into the high-country of Colorado on horseback, bonding with their horses, learning about mindfulness and opening their eyes on how to deal with any current problems.

https://operationequine.org/ Trailer: https://youtu.be/Gr9_-DIdgR0



Run Time

8 minutes

Directed by

Michelle Kaye

Written by

Doug Hanes

Director's Bio

Directed By – Michelle Kaye
Founder, Executive Director, Lead Therapist at Operation Equine; Eagala Certified, Eagala-Approved Military Designated Provider, EGE (Equine Guided Education) Certified Facilitator

Michelle possesses over 30 combined years of teaching and counseling experience and has had the honor of serving those who serve us – in the Military Service Member, Veteran, Emergency Responder, and Health Care Worker communities – for almost 10 years.

In working with successful and heartfelt organizations such as Project Sanctuary where she has been a staff counselor since 2012, as a facilitator with TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), and serving as a Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) both CONUS and OCONUS, she discovered that truly: the whole family serves, and so she is dedicated to creating and offering Operation Equine programs to the entire family, as well as to any caregivers who assist them.

Horses became Michelle’s own personal sanctuary at the age of 6, and she learned to express her sense of confidence and freedom through relationship and spending hours and hours watching them, spending time with them at liberty, and learning how to ride. Later, she began sharing those unique equine experiences and knowledge with others, before equine assisted therapies were “a thing.” She continues to expand her own personal growth through the power of working with horses, and she is passionate about creating opportunities to empower our Warrior, Protector, and Healer communities to join up.

She has been an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning (EAP/L) Eagala Model Certified Mental Health professional since 2010, is somatically trained through EGE (Equine Guided Education), has studied with EponaQuest, and is open to any modalities that truly honor the human-horse connection.

Michelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and educator who is committed to an inclusive Warrior Spirit: in her life, as well as in her organization. The values of integrity, courage, honor, service before self, and loyalty run through her veins, and they are proudly the cornerstones of Operation Equine.

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