Post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and even suicide. These are just a few of the issues that veterans from across the country are experiencing. And so far we’ve seen that owning a dog can help these men and women cope with PTSD and its symptoms.
The emotional support a pet provides is invaluable, but dogs are not the only animals who can assist veterans on their way to recovery and help them adjust back to normal life. Horses can too!
Tucked away on a farm in Saratoga County, the Saratoga War Horse is a place of healing where warriors from the track meet the nation’s warriors. The Saratoga War Horse program uses horses, many of which are off the track thoroughbreds, to help veterans marked by the invisible scars of war.
Veterans learn how to communicate with a horse, and in the process, get to understand their own emotions and feelings better. The horse is an animal that mirrors the energy and emotion of others, so by bonding with the horses, the veterans actually come face to face with their own energy and inner struggles.
Although this program doesn’t claim to be therapy, many of the veterans who took part in it have experienced a change for the better, and now feel that they can be more honest and accept themselves.
This program is also beneficial to the horses, as it offers them new purpose and new life off the track.
It’s a wonderful thing when animals and humans work together to help one another, isn’t it? If you enjoyed this story as much as we think you did, then please take a moment to share it with others as well.

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