“Thinking outside the therapy box is critical as is investing in research and program development for novel treatments like equine therapy,” says Bret Moore, Psy.D, ABPP in his article, ‘Horses Bring Healing to Wounded Warriors,’ in this weeks Psychology Today (Feb. 16, 2015).
Moore explains that veterans who live with PTSD post combat are not fully treated by conventional medicine or medication. Providers are now looking for alternative therapies and ways to help veterans find healing, balance and coping skills. It has been encouraging to find centers across the country who are providing equine assisted therapy and activities who serve veterans, since the therapy has been very effective in supporting the physical, emotional and cognitive well being of participants.
As we gear up for the summer, Swiftsure Ranch has several camps planned with Veterans from both Boise and the Wood River Valley. Collaborating with the Boise VA and Higher Ground Sun Valley, Veterans will come from both near and far to have the shared experience of working with our horses. The experience of working with horses encourages nonverbal communication through touch, alternate sensory, eye contact and emotional/mental focus. A 2000 lb. therapist can be intimidating for some. Fears are conquered when the human/animal bond is created through mutual trust and unconditional acceptance and love.
Swiftsure Ranch gratefully supports our Veterans and encourages collaboration for their continual support. If you would like to collaborate with Swiftsure Ranch to support our Veteran’s equine therapy, or if you, or someone you know is a Veteran and would like to participate in equine therapy, please contact us at 208.578.9111, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.