After 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
Once Tango puts on his vest, he knows it is time to work. The yellow Labrador is trained to work with disabled veterans.
When the dog had his final examination, the diagnosis revealed that he had troubles with his vision. The Youth Emergency Services and Shelter (YESS) organization took him in with open arms. The dog is now working to calm kids who have had traumatic experiences.
When his vest is taken off, the dog can do everything that a normal dog can and will do. But when the vest is put back on, he knows work comes first.
The non-profit organization Therapy Dogs of Vermont brings in Todd, a Shih Tzu, to help relieve the residents of the Starr Farm Nursing Center of their stress. When Katie Ziegler adopted the dog about a year ago, he was already completely blind. The dog and its owner is only one pair of more than two hundred other volunteers who work with the organization.
As soon as the dog puts on his bandana, he knows he is going to work. What happens next is a few hours of non-stop head rubs and attention. The woman explains that the best thing about the work is seeing how much the dogs and the people enjoy each other’s company.
The organization runs completely on donations and all the teams are volunteers.
The 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
When Sgt. Matthew Smith returned to his home after serving in active duty in Iraq on 2005, he would soon find out that he had PTSD. This disorder then lead him to have a motorcycle accident which caused him to be in a coma for four months. Doctors said that the veteran would not be able to walk again.
Shelene Smith, the veteran’s mother, then found out about The Wounded Warrior Program wherein they help wounded veterans recover from certain illnesses and disorders. The program offers horse therapy in which the wounded Sergeant was eager to try out.
Occupational therapist Leslie Rutter states that the greatest thing about the therapy is that people are having such a good time that they do not even realize it benefits them in so many areas.
Source: Wounded vet gets help from horse therapy program
For the past four years, Divine Canine out of Austin has been sending volunteers, along with their furry K-9 companions, to Fort Hood. The dogs assist by relieving stress and bringing comfort to wounded, injured, or ill soldiers.
Army Sergeant Samuel Whaley has even stated that if he could be with the volunteer dogs every day for the next three years then he would be the happiest man in the world. Jan Byrum, one of the volunteers, along with her dog Scooter, has been with the program for two years and is very happy doing the job. She explains that it is the perfect way to pay it forward.
Even though the pet therapy sessions are only four sessions long, many soldiers come back because of the huge impact that their furry friends bring.
Vilonia Middle School has acquired the help of a furry four-legged creature by the name of Bella. The dog is a golden doodle, which is a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle. The dog is part of an alternative learning program where students have an opportunity to learn in a more relaxed and friendlier environment.
Lori, the principal from the school, states that their newfound aid helps student improve in class work and control behavior. Before, many students were being sent to the office because of disciplinary reasons. Since their K-9 companion arrived, those referrals have decreased dramatically.
The school had a therapy dog before Bella but it retired. The program was so effective that they have decided to get another dog for the job.
Michael Proscia is a war veteran who served in active duty in Iraq. Upon arriving back home, he suffered from physical and mental stress that is more popularly known as PTSD. However, the man is confident in recovering through the help of horses.
Sahika Riley, founder of the Horse Rhythm Foundation and a veteran herself, helps other veterans who suffer from PTSD by helping obstacles to guide patients through horse therapy. The founder aims to bring happiness and freedom to people who have gone to the front lines.
The foundation has already helped hundreds of veterans in giving their life a new normal.
Source: Special horse therapy helping veterans battling PTSD
Granger is a little boy who is living with a growth disorder more popular known as autism. Andrew, a 23-year-old horse, grants this boy a new lease on life.
The horse is part of a therapeutic horse riding program at a Monticello farm. The farm shows people how horses, and other animals, can save lives through an event called Painted Pony Fun Day Sunday. The boy with autism takes part in this occasion and has been seen to have gained much improvement over his disorder.
Young Granger has never looked back since hopping on the back of Andrew and is now preparing for the therapeutic Special Olympics.
Tinder, the first facility dog in Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) in Brevard Country, now works in an animal assisted therapy program. He was moved to the Southeast facilities of CCI in Orlando, where he entered the organization’s highly specialized training program.
At 7 Senses, the pooch is a one-dog cheerleader for the kids; many of whom have difficulties with fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and coordination. He seems limitless in his patience and is always interested in helping kids develop their skills.
CCI provides service dogs like Tinder at no cost.