(VIDEO) Amazing Equine Therapy for Vets with PTSD!
PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s okay to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event.
At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.
If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.
People and horses have an unbreakable bond, and that is something that can not be described in words but should only be felt!
For those participating in equine therapy, comfort comes in the form of a four-legged friend. Many veterans said that there is something peaceful about being around the horses. It’s just really relaxing.
Horses, like people, are highly social animals who are sensitive to the emotional states of others.
Randy Hamelin, a registered professional counselor, and equine specialist talks about his farm, Country Sunset Stables. The farm located in Lakeshore, Ont., hosts monthly free “equine-assisted psychotherapy” sessions with local ex-soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.
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