We at Stoneways love all the stories that are out there about horses. Continue reading for a heartwarming story about human and horse.
PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) is a disorder where in which someone experiences trauma. Many soldiers experience PTSD and symptoms consist of depression, sleeplessness, substance abuse, mental and physical deterioration and suicide. Sufferers of PTSD encounter distress in regular social life, for example, they experience difficulties in social settings, have marital issues and trouble with parenting. These effects are undoubtedly detrimental to someone’s life.
The bravery of war veterans can sometimes come at a huge cost- their entire life can be consumed by PTSD. Their undetectable wounds affect every part of their lives as they don’t tell anyone. Many relatives, spouses and friends are oblivious to the painful reality they face every day or they become deeply affected by their loved ones being depressed.
A program called Saratoga WarHorse was launched to help veterans overcome their PTSD symptoms and hopefully recover by using a unique equine therapy. This life-changing program was created by Bob Nevins, a Vietnam veteran himself, who saw similarities between veterans with trauma issues and horses who were bound to the racecourse for years then felt lost after leaving. Both horses and veterans find the transition of career difficult and leading a different life becomes distressing.
Veterans can partake in the three-day program free of charge including accommodation and meals. The program is really concentrated on veterans with trauma and suicide prevention. When introduced to the horses and as veterans get used to them, they and the horses seem to deeply connect on another level. Feelings appear to arise that have been suppressed for years and a lot of the stress seems to leave their bodies. This really is a sign that we are not so different to animals as we may think.
This might sound a tad hard to believe but there is scientific evidence that the Saratoga War Horse program works. And if veterans feel it, isn’t that enough? In the video below you will see the intense influence this unconventional therapy has on the veterans and how it brightens their lives that were once so dark.
See the amazing video below:
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