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Helping veterans with PTSD in California

Horses helping veterans with PTSD“You get more self-aware because if you're angry the horse doesn't want to be by you. He's going to sense that it makes you become more self-aware about yourself and emotional state you're in...” An East [San Diego] County ranch is offering hope and healing to active duty military members, veterans and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
 
At the ten-acre property, based at Storm Son’s Ranch Equine Therapy and Horse Rescue off Japutal Highlands Road in Alpine, there is a bonding pen where participants can bond with a horse. 
 
“We've been saying it's the heroes, horses and healing,” said co-founder and CEO Tammy Oluvic.
 
The program was started by retired U.S. Navy veteran Mike Oluvic and his wife Tammy after she saw the impact horses had on her husband who was suffering from PTSD. 
 
Many of the horses such as Tequila were abandoned or abused. “You could literally see the demons in his eyes and he was here for an hour and everything about him softened, he was at peace,” said Tammy.
 
The program now has 13 horses and started with one hero and now more than 200 veterans, family members, law enforcement, fire fighters and children with special needs are healing from the equine therapy.