Helping Horses Help People Heal
Bernadette Kilcer checks out two equine-assisted therapy programs that are dedicated to the needs of veterans and law enforcement.
There is a saying by Winston Churchill: “I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.”
As equestrians we all know the power of equine therapy. You know those days after a really horrible day at work or at school where just the act of stepping into the barn washes all of those negative feelings away. It’s an exceptionally powerful emotion and that’s just after a bad day at work. Now imagine a bad day at work involved you getting shot at or being in a vehicle that experienced an IED. THAT’S a bad day.
Did you know that there are two exceptionally special programs out there specifically dedicated to those needs of veterans and law enforcement? The Caisson Platoon Equine Assistance Program and Horse Rhythm programs are specifically focused on not only the physical challenges, but the emotional challenges as well.
The Caisson horses of The Old Guard serve our country with dignity, and are treated like kings in return. The Caisson Platoon Equine Assistance Program uses the horses to help wounded soldiers.
Horse Rhythm Foundation is a nonprofit organization designed to offer specialized services for veterans, first responders and their families suffering with mental health disorders (PTSD) and physical disabilities (traumatic brain injuries, amputations, etc.) due to combat or public safety tragedies. It was established and is fostered by disabled war veterans in an attempt to bridge the gap between conventional healing and whole-being wellness of mind, body and spirit.
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