Almost every one of us, in our lifetime, will experience some type of trauma. From the unexpected loss of a loved one to an auto accident, we deal with traumatic events. Many people are able to deal with these events in a healthy manner and move on. However, for some unknown reason, there also many who carry the truama with them into the rest of their lives.
Consider the lives and experiences of ‘first responders’. This interesting article takes a look at one city attempts to deal with the aftermath of tragedy for those who serve. I personally know many firefighters and police officers. They put their lives on the line to protect and serve us and the cost to them can be high.
As prey animals, horses offer a unique mirror to the PTSD mind.
Horses are hypervigilant. They have to be to survive. But this same quality in a human dealing with PTSD can lead to all kinds of problems, from sleep issues to relationship challenges. Understanding why horses react the way they do can often help someone dealing with PTSD come to understand why they respond to things the way they do and understanding is often the first step to changing.
If you or someone you know is dealing with PTSD please seek help. Work with horses can be part of a comprehensive treatment program. We would be happy to meet with you, show you around our site, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we might be able to help. Call or email to schedule a visit.