Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Since the Yom Kippur War, thousands of Israeli soldiers have returned from the battlefield with severe physical injuries, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, PTSD is the most common wartime injury and a severe mental health, anxiety disorder that causes intense fear, helplessness, and often horror. Soldiers suffering from PTSD constantly re-experience the traumatic event, leaving them very vulnerable, unable to find happiness, and severely depressed. Their quality of life regresses to emotional numbness and mental pain.


The INTRA equine therapy can:

  • Reverse the symptoms of PTSD
  • Provide our veterans a better quality of life and
  • Assist their coping with future issues.


Partnering with our magnificent horses, our staff never stop working to improve the lives of our beloved and respected veteran soldiers.


Program Cost:
200 NIS per session per veteran / 86,000 NIS for 10 veterans annually
US $2,500 per veteran per year / $25,000 for 10 veterans annually


Veteran Quote: That day I saw from a distance an amazing horse, there was something very special about her – I fell in love on the spot. All the way home I couldn’t stop talking about “that brown and white cow looking horse”.

Equine Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Since its inception, INTRA has provided equine therapy to children with cerebral palsy (CP), resulting in:

  • Improved functional ability
  • Reduce spasm and involuntary contractions
  • Empowerment
  • A positive and fun experience riding on the horses.


Working in a safe and relaxing atmosphere, INTRA instructors work towards improving a rider’s mobility and independence, while maintaining his/her motivation. Staff spend time building relationships with both the child and family to maximize the healing and therapeutic process. To ensure safety for the children while riding in the arena, INTRA provides three staff per child, making each session a costly but effective exercise.


Program Cost:
170 NIS per session per child / 
73,100 NIS for 10 children annually
US $2,000 per child per year / $20,000 for 10 children annually


Excerpted from a Poem Written by Zadok Omasi (Adult with CP): When I’m on a horse… all the differences and disabilities suddenly disappear and slowly the dream comes true.

Special Therapeutic Riding Program for Low-Income Families

Some of INTRA’s families have very low incomes. These families constantly need subsidies to support health-care interventions for their children, including equine therapy. By supporting our low-income families, you will be helping those who cannot even afford paying the fee of a therapy session, even with the help of medical insurances. With your help, many more children from low-income families will be able to reap the many benefits from INTRA’s equine therapy.


Subsidy needed:
4,300 NIS per child per year
US $1,200 per child per year


Quote from a Parent in a Low-Income Family: My son has developed a special secret relationship with his horse … he has learned to trust and have more confidence.

African Refugee Program

40,000+ African asylum seekers make up less than half a percent of the population in Israel. They are fleeing harsh dictatorships and/or countries that have declined in caring for their populations.


With your help, INTRA can provide:

  • An empowerment program, to build new knowledge and skills
  • Vocational courses to help then make a life in Israel, and take care of their families back home
  • Therapeutic and educational programs for refugee children, who are, by all definitions, children at risk and, in many cases, severely traumatized.


Vocational Program Cost:
3,000 NIS per adult per year / 30,000 NIS for 10 adults annually
US $840 per adult per year / $8,400 for 10 adults annually


Children At-Risk Program

Currently, statistics confirm that 40% of children in Israel are challenged and live below the poverty line, while 20% of all children in Israel live at risk. INTRA provides Children at Risk with an enjoyable and active learning program in our non-threatening environment. The children can participate in a program that generates:

  • Mindfulness
  • Builds trust
  • Raises self-esteem
  • Builds motivation and empowerment through a course of human-horse bonding and riding skills.


Typically, at-risk home life raises behaviors and emotional issues that cause on-going academic and interpersonal failures, perpetuating negative self-images and continued acting out behaviors. Many at risk children drop out of the educational system and are left vulnerable, unmotivated and unable to find satisfactory employment, training and advancement.  At-risk children are often abused and neglected by parents in their penurious home environment. A therapeutic riding mindfulness program for at-risk children will provide new horizons for those who are living insecure lives and are exposed daily to risk.


Program Cost:
4,300 NIS per child per year / 103,200 NIS annually
for 24 children
US $1,200 per child per year / $28,800 annually for 24 children


Quote from Child at Risk: My horse’s feet are as swift as thunder he carries me from my fears when my world is about to fall asunder his mane is there to and wipe away my fears

Equine Studies Program for Youth At-Risk

INTRA can improve the academic standing and social skills of at-risk, high-school students through human–horse relationships that develop strength and ability, leading to:

  • Raised self-esteem
  • Self-management and self-organization
  • Motivation
  • Empowerment
  • School matriculation in Equine Studies


INTRA’s staff and incredible horses provide educational activities and training for at-risk, high-school students, who have learning disabilities and exhibit anti-social behavior.


Currently, the population served came from two schools for ‘At-Risk’ students with special needs. All suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), which makes them impulsive, and need immediate gratification. In many instances, they are unable to focus and concentrate on any task. All the students suffer from low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence and are unable to self-manage.


Program Cost:

3,000 NIS per youth per year / 120,000 NIS annually for 40 youths
US $840 per youth per year / $33,600 annually for 40 youths


Quote from a Youth at Risk: My horse has conscious awareness, and I am self-conscious. I feel stronger when he supports me, I honor the horse.

Report: Exam Results and Findings- Unique Equine Studies School Matriculation Program for High School Youth At-Risk
INTRA- Israel National Therapeutic Riding Association
Dr. Anita Shkedi