America’s Best Racing produced a video series in the lead-up to this year’s Triple Crown to spotlight Thoroughbred-based veterans’ equine-assisted therapy programs. Today, learn more about the Man O’War Project.
The Man O’War Project at Columbia University Irving Medical Center could prove to be a groundbreaking program, providing the first clinical study of equine-assisted therapy for combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. As the first university-led trial of its kind, the Man O’War Project seeks to gather information on how this treatment can help veterans and provide guidelines to similar programs moving forward.
Veterans go to the Bergen Equestrian Center in New Jersey once a week for eight weeks for a 90-minute session to work with horses — many of them retired racehorses. Working with individual horses, especially the retired racehorses, can help veterans draw parallels and experience breakthroughs with their own condition to heal without verbal communication and without medication.
To learn more about the Man O’War Project, please visit the organization’s website.
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