The Biggest Contribution Of Equine Therapy for Veterans PTSD

Equine Therapy for disorders such as PTSD for Veterans have been popular in the past couple years due to the mental benefits. Bob Stensrud a Drake professor had done a research where horse therapy  is beneficial. Talk therapy is difficult for many who face significant trauma. The non-verbal empathy that comes from a horse has shown to raise the veteran's mindfulness scores.

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Riding to Recovery

Horseback riding is a method used to help veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injury. An example of the benefits of Horse Therapy is when a Veteran is coping with short-term memory deficits, for instance, veterans might learn strategies to help remember the chronological order of steps for securing the bridle and saddle on the horse, or the harness for carriage driving.

Self-confidence grows overtime. Among veterans who have issues with anxiety to traumatic brain injury or PTSD, horse therapy can help them relax and feel more comfortable as they build trusting bonds.

The before-and-after effects of Equine Therapy are outstanding. Veterans first start out only participating for in house therapy with no resources on how to be functional  and independent in the community; where as horseback riding also gives resources to thrive.

After 10 or so weekly sessions with horses, vets notice they're adjusting better to their disability or injury and are more relaxed in their daily lives

What are the benefits for veterans of equine-assisted learning programs?

Many positive outcomes have been documented among veterans and servicemen and women who attend equine-assisted learning programs, including:

·         Improved relationships. Equine-assisted learning programs can help people set and maintain healthy personal boundaries—one key to more positive interactions.

·         Build trust and inspire: Horses provide the opportunity for safe and rewarding bonding, which can help reduce tension and elevate mood.

·         Increased ability to be present. Horses live “in the moment” and can help us be present too, as we learn to respond rather than just to react.

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