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Horses and Human Health

'Down the Stretch' Bond Between Horses, Vets a Win for Both

The place is located in Creston, Washington, about 50 miles west of Spokane. It encompasses 220 acres and is home to 30 retired Thoroughbred racehorses. It’s called Down the Stretch Ranch. Over the course of the last three years it has also been a place that has hosted approximately 100 U.S. military war veterans, all of them battling post-traumatic stress disorder, on stays ranging from two days to two weeks.

Horses for Heroes program for veterans and active-duty military personnel

U.S. Army veteran Brian Ray was sitting tall in the saddle of a palomino quarter horse at the Crossed Arrows Ranch south of Santa Fe. The combat vet, who had spent three decades in the military, including two tours in Iraq as an adviser, focused his heart, mind and body on his connection with the horse.
 

Ireland: horse therapy transforming lives of disabled children

Ireland: horse therapy transforming lives of disabled children Before meeting Smokey the pony, five-year-old Maisie Colhoun couldn't sit up properly and was barely able to walk but the Co Derry child, who has Down's Syndrome and cannot speak, has developed an extraordinary bond with the placid animal who has helped her and dozens of other children overcom

Therapeutic riding found to be clinically effective for troubled war veterans

Therapeutic horse riding is clinically effective in easing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military veterans, the findings of an American study suggest. The researchers also found that riding for longer appeared to improve the outcome for the troubled veterans.
 

Horse therapy helping women in prison find new roads

Horse therapy helping women in prison find new roadsOn a recent fall morning, four women inmates from Chester County Prison entered an indoor arena at the Thorncroft Equestrian Center and began to meet the duo who have been helping them navigate their way toward success outside of the prison walls. But Jubilee and Mia are not your traditional counselors or social workers.

How a horse is helping a military veteran deal with his PTSD

How a horse is helping a military veteran deal with his PTSDOwen McElroy says he spent years going to the doctor, trying to find out what was wrong with his hearing.

Horses from southeastern Turkey to help children with disabilities

Horses from southeastern Turkey to help children with disabilitiesThe hippotherapy center designed to offer equine-assisted therapy for young locals living near the Şanlıurfa Hippodrome was established as part of a social responsibility project being conducted by the Jockey Club of Turkey (TJK).

Equine-assisted therapy centre opens in St-Lazare

Equine-assisted therapy centre opens in St-LazareA new equestrian centre opening in St-Lazare offers more than just riding lessons. Instructors at Enfants en Équi-Libre are certified therapists who incorporate horses in their physical and occupational therapy.
 

Special Olympics equestrian program helps riders gain confidence and strength

Special Olympics equestrian program helps riders gain confidence, strengthFor the past four years, Jonah Schmidt has evolved from a kid who was a little nervous around horses to a confident young man riding astride a quarter horse named Lola.

Finding Joy and Healing through Horse Therapy

Through interaction with the animals, horse therapy encourages people to rebuild trust and boundaries in personal relationships, and promotes the idea of adopting new approaches to problem-solving. Sandra Goeldner says she has been struggling since her life was shattered by sexual abuse. "I'd say a lot of my confidence was beaten out of me, my personality was destroyed and I became just a closed soul who was basically dying," she says.

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