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Horses and Human Health

Congressman considers benefits of physical therapy using horses

By Glenn Evans 
DIANA — A U.S. congressman saw evidence this week that the back of a walking horse delivers physical, occupational and other therapies better than an air-filled exercise ball.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert also learned that insurance will pay for the balancing ball but not the horseback workouts called hippotherapy.

Horse therapy helps people surmount personal obstacles

HILLIER, ONT.—Deb Tattersall watches in amazement as her usually taciturn daughter chats easily with someone she’s just met.

“She’s completely found her voice,” Tattersall marvels. “That is totally the horses.”

Horses are Suki Tattersall’s therapist. By working with them in guided interaction, the 17-year-old is learning to overcome anxiety disorders that make her fearful of social situations and even of leaving the house.

Suki is one of a small but growing number of Canadians who are discovering the healing power of horses. 

"Horses Treat" Program offers equine assisted therapy


A new treatment program in Marathon County is using horses to help people who have problems.

It involves interacting with horses, much like a patient interacts with a doctor.

Jenna Saul and her husband started "Horses Treat" in 2012.

The program offers mental health services through physical interaction with horses.

"They are prey animals and we are predators, they are very aware of us, they read us, they mirror us," said Jenna Saul, Program Founder.

Horses help heal Canada’s veterans in unique Alberta program

Can Praxis, a program based in Rocky Mountain House, AB funded by Wounded Warriors Canada is designed to help returning soldiers overcome PTSD acquired during their service. The program is free to attend and incorporates the service person, family members and a horse.

Horses help with leadership training

CALGARY — There are many leadership training programs out there.

Nancy Lowery managed to come up with a unique, one-of-a-kind concept.

She started her company, the Natural Leader, in 2004.

“The business is leadership through horsemanship. We offer leadership learning experiences through putting people with horses,” she says.