It is so promising to see someone who believes in the healing power of horses investing in providing concrete evidence for all to see!
We see it in the work we do. Not just with Vets, but with kids, teens and adults who have come out of traumatic home situations. They are/have been in foster care or adopted after being born into chaos. People who have lived through trauma. School shootings. Death of a loved one. Lived through domestic abuse/violence. Sometimes as a victim. Sometimes as a witness. They have been attached/assaulted at gun-point. At knife-point. With the treat of violence. There was an accident. They were injured. We are really just starting to understand that there are many, many triggers for PTSD.
The News-Review is providing a look into a study, being funded by Earle Mack. The Man O’ War Project started in 2015, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, to do a long-term clinical study that would measure the efficacy of equine therapy on military vets suffering from PTSD, and then create a standardized equine therapy protocol. Yuval Neria, co-director of the study and director of Columbia’s PTSD program views “horses as the ideal companion to interact with military PTSD sufferers”. This is in part due to “both horses and military PTSD suffers tend to be “hypervigilant and overaroused” creating a very interesting dynamic. We will be watching for the findings, which should be released later this year.
We know that the result will show what we personally know to be true. Horse are incredible at helping people with PTSD find a path to health and healing. We see it. We live it in the work we do. Our treatment team consists of Qualified Mental Health Associates (QMHA)/PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors, working under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor AND of course our incredible horses. We are here to be a part of a comprehensive treatment program.
If you, or someone you know, are struggling with PTSD we are here to help. Call of email and we will schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will take you on a tour, introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we might be able to help.