In a previous post, we talked about the life-changing things that equine therapy can do for people with disabilities, addictions and mental illness. The veteran support organization, Healing America’s Heroes — whose mission is to “help veterans help themselves” — provides recreational therapeutic programs, including equine therapy.
We’ve also talked about the kinds of things that are being done in the horse world in equine gerontology — the study of the aging horse.
In September last year, William Woods University donated two thoroughbred horses — Glory Road (JJ), 15, and Rampart, 18 — to the Healing America’s Heroes ranch in New Mexico. The horses now enjoy retirement living the country life, giving trail rides and comfort to veterans and their families.
Healing America’s Heroes puts it well: “Horses are increasingly being used in recreational therapeutic support programs to help veterans gain self-understanding and heal emotionally.”
It is a proven successful treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and others. At no cost to veterans or their families, Healing America’s Heroes provides transportation, lodging, meals and therapy.
For more information, visit healingamericasheroes.com. If you’re a William Woods University student, talk to your professors about getting involved in equine therapy.