California Riding Magazine

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Original article at California Riding Magazine[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When veterans call Because We Can – Because We Care, one of the first questions asked is, “Are you a therapy provider? We take pride in saying “no” to that question.

Veterans have told us they don’t like to be followed around or studied. They say it makes them feel like another number or lab rat. We are not therapists, nor do we claim to be. We also don’t believe in shoving “happy, happy, joy, joy” in their faces and sending them on their way. Why put a Band-Aid on something that requires surgery?

We simply teach horsemanship. It’s through this process that our veterans and first responders are able to focus on and learn how to redirect their energy. The BWC2 crew likes to call this “Positive Energy with Intent.” Many veterans/first responders have told us after their first time they find themselves driving home slower and are more relaxed. After a couple of times at the barn they say they are sleeping through the night for the first time in years.

What price would you put on this?

When BWC2 rescues horses, these horses exhibit signs similar to that of post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Veterans and first responders coming to BWC2 can relate to what the horse is going through. You never know what will light a horse up, a sight, a touch or a sound.

Through our Veterans Program, Founder and President of BWC2, Dave Drulias, introduces and teaches his own TCR (Trust, Confidence and Respect) Horsemanship that has been developed over the past 40 years. As our veterans/first responders learn TCR Horsemanship, a self-discovery begins to happen. They begin to realize those same tools and techniques used to help the horse and build a healthy relationship are the same tools and techniques they can utilize in their personal lives.

In the equine therapy “industry,” we hear all the time how the “horses are beneficial.” It’s not the horse that has magical healing powers. It’s how the horse was programmed and has learned how to have a healthy relationship with humans.

If we realize it or not, every second we spend time with a horse, the horse is learning something. BWC2’s TCR Horsemanship is based on education. Whether it’s a horse, veteran/first responder or special needs or disabled child, it comes down to education.

BWC2’s clients work towards and share the same goal to be an independent rider to the best of their own abilities. Our philosophy is to build our clients’ self-confidence by focusing on what they can accomplish versus what they can’t.

The travesty throughout the horse industry is that when a horse that is no longer suited for the job at hand, it is often discarded. Dave and the BWC2 team put their hearts and souls into their horses. We believe the horses should have a home for life. At BWC2, they do!

BWC2 started out with two horses in 2009 and we now own six. We currently work with 10 veterans/first responders and 20-plus special needs and disabled children every week, and we give them the option of coming up as often as they would like.

Our mission is to create and build a working equine rescue and rehabilitation facility/sanctuary. Our primary goal is to give back to society by enriching the lives of our American veterans, first responders and special needs and disabled children challenged by a range of emotional and/or physical issues.

We are based at a private ranch in Santa Clarita, and our vision is to be in every major city across the United States. BWC2 acquires horses that have been mistreated, neglected, unwanted, abused and/or slaughter-bound. All of our horses will have a home for life.

Our philosophy is to share our love and passion for horses with those who are in need, for free. Our clients learn BWC2’s own Trust, Confidence and Respect Horsemanship and play an intricate role in the rehabilitation process of the horse. Upon completion of the horse’s rehabilitation, they become “super stars” in our special needs and disabled children’s program.

As BWC2 introduces TCR Horsemanship throughout major cities across the United States, there will be a need to hire a staff. Who better to hire than an American veteran who has already gone through our TCR Horsemanship program?

At the end of the day, what the BWC2 crew wants most of all is to share their love and passion they have for horses. It may be someone in need, someone who wants to volunteer, or a simple donation. Everyone is welcome to be a part of the BWC2 program and organization. Imagine, Americans helping Americans![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Santa Clarita Gazette

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Original article in the Santa Clarita Gazette[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Every Thursday, Charles comes all the way to Canyon Country from Los Angeles and gets to spend the day on a ranch, grooming, training and riding horses. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was stationed in West Germany during the Cold War and he went to jump school with the 101st Airborne Division. The 52-year-old has experienced hardship, but finds relief and calm from visits to Because We Can – Because We Care, or BWC2, where he gets to interface with rescue horses.

“A lot of us have PTSD – things we’ve seen in life,” Charles said. “We can identify again with the world through communication with the animal.”

nonprof horse charles riding and daveTeaching TCR horsemanship (Trust, Confidence and Respect), founder/president Dave Drulias passes on the benefits of riding and caring for horses with those who need it. On Thursdays, American veterans are invited to the ranch in Sand Canyon to learn the process of grooming and caring for the six horses owned by BWC2.

“Our philosophy is to share our love and passion of horses with those who are in need, for free,” says the website.

After just four weeks visiting the BWC2 ranch on Thursdays, Charles got in the saddle and took a turn riding in the arena. He said his favorite part of the overall experience is “the bullpen.”

“You’re training, you’re commanding,” Charles said. “Calm and aggressive at the same time. The love I try to give them comes back to me.”

Jennifer Ericson enlisted in the U.S. Army following 9/11. Unfortunately, she was injured during basic training, so she had to return home to the San Fernando Valley. Now Jenny lives with a chronic pain condition.

bwcJenny found a brochure for Because We Can – Because We Care at the VA Sepulveda Hospital. She found the experience therapeutic.

“I was having so much fun. I was building stamina and being outdoors,” she said. “I wasn’t depressed, watching TV at home in bed.”

Jenny spends much of her time with the horses, exercising them in the round pen and teaching riding lessons. She can describe every horse in detail, from “Maxwell” the race winner to “Marque,” who is the star of BWC2’s children’s program on Sundays.

Whether it is a Sunday and the ranch is filled with kids with developmental challenges, or Thursdays, giving veterans the chance to manage their emotions, Because We Can – Because We Care is there to serve others and rescue horses.

In order to operate, the non-profit organization needs financial support. For more information, contact Dave Drulias at 818-640-7952 or visit[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]