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Equine Therapy: Horses helping veterans

Several different cultures around the world have depended on horses for thousands of years. There are many different theories that suggest horses may have begun being domesticated around 4,500-2,000 BC. Horses have been used for battle, to gather food, for comfort, and to discover new lands. For several decades in America, horses have been used as therapy for suffers of autism, trauma, cerebral palsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other ailments.

Equine Therapy: Horses helping veterans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the most fascinating life changing transformations have come from veterans. I attended one of the largest gatherings of equine therapy specialists and veterans in the country, the event was called, "Providing with Purpose: Serving Veterans to the Best of our Abilities." It was hosted by the BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center. The BraveHearts organization is one of several horse riding centers in the country that offers therapeutic riding, hippotherapy (equine therapy) and several other services with horses. BraveHearts works with a wide variety of people from autistic children to veterans suffering from PTSD.

At this event there was a Navy Seal, a Medal of Honor Winner, several representatives from VA hospitals, and veterans. A man named Michael Richardson was there showing how it's possible to overcome obstacles in life, he was in a wheelchair doing a demonstration with a horse, to show how gentle these animals are. I heard incredible stories of triumph and healing by brave men and women facing post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and sexual trauma.

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