Farm Heals Invisible Wounds

horse ptsdA 20-acre farm north of Fayetteville has become a place for healing for wear veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Horses That Heal is a non-profit organization serves both veterans and youth that are at-risk of acquiring the disorder with equine assisted psycho-therapy. The organization is situated at Avalon Farms and is located at East Reeves Bridge Road.

The Department of Veteran Affairs have reported that an average of 11 to 20 percent of war veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. People that have not yet given the program a try are usually hitting “rock bottom.” Although the therapy is not targeted for just about anyone, those who have tried it have found it to be more helpful than other treatments.

Source: Equine-assisted therapy helps soldiers deal with PTSD

Horses Help Humans With Disabilities

equine therapyMikaila Wireman works as a volunteer for the Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center. She is a behavioral neuroscience major and loves horses since she was still eleven years old. Her passions for equines and education has helped her and the center’s clients in achieving great results.

The horses in the center, along with volunteers like Wireman, helps people with mental and physical disabilities through equine assisted therapy sessions. The average client for the center works with two volunteers that will help them throughout the entire session.

Wireman states that a great part of being with the center is seeing the patients grow.

Source: Horses serve as therapy tools for people with mental disabilities

Equine Therapy is a Special Gift

equine therapyFancy and Romeo are horses who helps Angie Payne with her work. She uses Equine Therapy to aide their patients’ needs. They deal with people who are experiencing trauma, grief, anxiety and depression.

Gestalt therapy is described as being based in expression and relationship with the goals of increasing awareness of the present moment, experiencing feelings and expressing emotions, exploring patterns in relationship, and integrating new patterns of behavior and ways of relating. With the help of the horses, stresses were released and new hopes were found.

People who have had experience with the program found it to be a special gift.

Source: Equine therapy offers hope for hurting people

Hippotherapy For Behavioral Disorders

hippotherapyEddie Arlt, a 5-year-old Columbian boy, has been diagnosed with several behavior disorders that affected his speech and language function. A speech – language therapy that includes hippotherapy was introduced to his parents to help with the disorder.

Hippotherapy refers to the movement of a horse as a treatment strategy for physical, occupational, or even speech-language therapy. It differs from “therapeutic” riding, which is aimed at improving riding skills or quality of life for individuals with special needs.

After 2 years of hippotherapy, the 5-year old is now able to interact and communicate better.

Source: For Columbus boy, horse therapy, speech therapy combine to ease autism symptoms

Horse and Speech Therapy to Aid Boy with Autism

hippotherapyEddie Arlt is diagnosed with several disorders namely ADD, ADHD, and executive function disorder. These disorders affect his behavior, speech, and language function. The young boy is currently undergoing great improvements through hippotherapy (or therapy through horses).

The therapy program is different from “therapeutic” riding as hippotherapy refers to the use of movement of a horse as a treatment strategy for physical, occupational, and even speech-language therapy. Chrissy Daly serves as the child’s therapist and is a speech-language pathologist for the Stillwater Sweet Grass Educational Cooperative. The therapist says that the benefit is the development of skills that will transfer into other environments.

After two years of hippotherapy, Eddie is now able to interact and communicate better.

Source: For Columbus boy, horse therapy, speech therapy combine to ease autism symptoms

Equine Specialist Proves Horses Are Not Useless

horse therapyEquine specialist Shannon Knapp says that some people think that a horse is useless if they cannot be ridden. She aims to prove that this type of thinking is false by providing horse therapy services to people. Shannon and her husband, Richard, leads a program named Horse Sense of the Carolinas.

The program deals with horse therapy for numerous conditions like anxiety, grief, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD, ADHD, autism, neuromotor disorders, and many more. The program has just celebrated its 10th anniversary last 2013 and is the leading resource for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning (EAP/L) in Western North Carolina.

Many people have already testified about the program’s effectiveness and their ability to deliver great results.

Source: Horse Sense: Helping horses, helping people

Horses Have Leading Roles in Curing Addictions

horse therapyAccording to researchers from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina, horses play a vital role in treating First Nations youth that are struggling with drug addictions. Coleen Dell, research chair in substance abuse at the University of Saskatchewan, states that the horse is a very spiritual animal and culture is what a youth who is facing drug addiction needs.

A recent study has led to amazing results as youth who are struggling with drug addiction and are participating in horse therapy have gained great confidence levels and leadership starts to come forward.

The horse therapy has been found to be a success and an alternative learning environment for youth.

Source: Horses can make difference in addictions therapy

Woman Works With Horses to Help Disabled Children

horse therapyReady Set Ride is a Plainfield non-profit organization that operates mostly on donations. Chris Bajner, the founder, started an online fundraising effort called “Keep The Barn Doors Open” on in an effort to keep operations afloat. The organization uses horse therapy to help disabled children, including her 9-year old son Chris.

The boy is diagnosed with Chromosome 18q Deletion Syndrome and is a rare defect that affects the child in many different ways. The child has a great difficulty in communicating; but with a horse it’s different. Each time the child goes to the stables, his face will light up in excitement.

The horses in the organization provides a means of mobility for children with disorders.

Source: Plainfield woman working to help disabled children

Equine Therapy Offers Win-Win Situation

horse therapyAfter a riding center in Pawnee closed, Kemmerer Village conducted a program to raise the self-esteem of youths for the first time. Said program currently helps eight youths for emotional and behavioural problems with horse riding therapy.

One of the youths who is taking part in the program is Joni Beyers’ son, Ben, from Rosemond. The boy already overcame his social anxiety since participating in the program since last fall. The boy’s mother explains that her son now talks to someone almost every day which is a great achievement for the both of them.

Other youths are opting for the program to help them with their fears, recovery from abuse and neglect, and other cases of social anxiety.

Source: Horse program gives kids a leg up

Sisters Found Therapeutic Care From Horses

equine therapyThe healing power of horses has led sisters Dawn Johns Swenson and Jewel Johns Root to give birth to the region’s only accredited equine facilitated mental health care program. Dawn was a breast cancer survivor and the time she spent with a horse named Eddie was emotionally healing and stress-relieving. This experience made her and her sister to pave the way for their therapeutic program.

The sisters have named their program Flying Horse Stables and houses 10 therapy horses and five credentialed specialists. The program already has hundreds of clients which the specialists (and the sisters) help with their emotional and mental disorders.

Clients of the program have claimed that they have become a stronger person after the therapeutic sessions.

Source: Sisters promote healing through equine therapy