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Post Traumatic Stress is an injury, not a disorder.
“For me, PTSD was a stealth enemy that crept into my life, slowly increasing its hold on me. So slowly that I was unaware how much power it had over me. Every day I was in the community serving, but each day I felt more alienated, each day I grew more distant from my family and co-workers.”
It’s not always that way, but the stealth enemy of PTSD is common with First Responders who suffer quietly. Also common is the traumatic event that once experienced, cannot be shaken. Stuck in one moment in time, replaying itself in the mind, over and over again until it consumes all thought. Then often with great effort its buried deep inside. But not really. It can be felt just below the surface, waiting for any opportunity to burst out and consume every thought, effecting every action.
Whether PTSD was brought on slowly from events building one on top of another, or like a sledgehammer in one traumatic event, those who suffer from it are not the same until they learn to overcome it.
Equine Therapy for First Responders – A Unique Treatment that Engages and Transforms
Horses have always had a special relationship with those who serve their communities and their countries.
So much so that between 1914 and 1917 around 1,000 horses everyday were sent from the United States overseas to support the war effort of World War I. War Horses have always been an important part of our military, and still are today, even in recovery from trauma sustained during combat.
More common in civilian service are service dogs…
You may have heard about the incredible bond that bomb sniffing and K-9 service dogs have with their owners. It’s no wonder they do, as they depend on each other for their very lives. Often a bond so strong that only those service men and women who depend on them everyday can understand the powerful and personal connection they share.
However, you may not know the highly intelligent and empathic nature of Horses. Like bomb sniffing dogs, our Therapy Horses have the ability to bond with our military and first responders that are part of our CODE H.O.R.S.E Program.
Horses have the unique gift of reflecting back a person’s most inner peace or turmoil, at times showing a person things about themselves that they could have never realized without their Horse providing feedback by their behavior and via the relationship they develop.
Our Program is dedicated to active duty, former military, first responders with service related injuries and their families. Our exclusive CODE H.O.R.S.E Program starts by teaching participants how to feel calm, at peace and at ease in a natural setting. Horse experience is not required.
This unique program developed by its founder is based on the outcomes from a two and one half year pilot research study designed and co-facilitated by Cher Myers, Founder of S.A.D.L.E.S. Ranch, Inc. and U.C.F., College of Medicine. No horse experience is required.
Our programs include:
- Military Mondays & Tactical Tuesdays
- Individual, Small Group & Family Equine Therapy
- 8 Week group equine therapy program
- 3-4 Day nature based equine therapy programs including spouses/significant others
- Monthly support groups for the parents & spouses/significant others of deployed military
- Mentoring opportunities
- Individual and Family Counseling
- Our goal is to serve our military veterans and their families through nature based equine therapy and activities, research and education.
- Many of our military rode horses into war, now they are bring our military home. Watch this video to learn more about equine therapy and CODE H.O.R.S.E.
Post Traumatic Stress is an Injury, not a Disorder.