We were just two days into a month-long, 500-mile pack trip in the New Mexico and Arizona wilderness with the goal of training the mustangs for service in a veterans’ program. Things were not going as planned.
— Men's Journal/Article
What a Veteran Brings to the Backwoods of Montana: Former Navy SEAL takes trips with combat veterans and a fleet of horses to help them transition back to civilian life.
I learn later around the campfire that Fink is a strong proponent of the notion that the greater the struggle, the greater the value. He believes that struggle is an essential element of a satisfying life. If everything is always easy, life begins to lose its value—a lesson Fink learned from experience.
— Kuhl Magazine/Article
Veteran program changing lives with horses and wilderness training
— ABC FOX Montana
Heroes and Horses help veterans one ride at a time
A former Navy SEAL reins in mustangs and the Montana wilderness, hoping to bring peace to veterans still alone at war. These are Heroes and Horses
— Mountain Culture Magazine
Heroes and Horses helping combat veterans move forward in a new way
— KPAX 8 News

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Identifying himself as an "Anti-Motivational" speaker, Micah Fink - Founder of Heroes and Horses - explores the innate superpower of humans. Standing on the streets of New York as the Twin Towers fell, Micah made a decision that would forever change the course of his life.

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frank spent 24 hours with Micah Fink, the founder of Heroes and Horses, at his Montana home, office, and ranch. Micah spent 10 years in the most elite SEAL Teams the Navy has. Heroes and Horses is a Montana-based nonprofit organization that has created an innovative, three-phase reintegration program, which is offered to qualifying combat veterans (at no cost to them) suffering from PTSD.


Heroes & Horses is the final episode of a three-part feature video series highlighting the critical and effective role that horses play in addressing the epidemic of U.S. military veterans returning from combat with PTSD. The video series concludes with Heroes & Horses three-phase reintegration program, which was founded by ex-Navy Seal Micah Fink and is offered to qualifying veterans at no cost. It utilizes the remote wilderness of Montana, in addition to the horse-human connection, to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.

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Combat veteran Micah Fink founded Heroes and Horses on an isolated Montana ranch to fill the void of veterans programs that saw veterans helping veterans dealing with PTSD.


A Navy Seal's Mission to Help Other Combat Veterans Find Their New Purpose: Heroes and Horses provides extreme expedition-style horse pack trips that teach self-reliance, teamwork and perseverance. Experienced instructors, many who are combat veterans themselves, lead teams of veterans and their pack animals into the wilderness on epic, life-changing journeys of discovery.