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What is equestrian therapy that helps American veterans struggling with mental health issues?

Explained: What is horse therapy that helps US veterans struggling with mental health?

To address mental health issues faced by active military members and veterans, some organizations have begun offering horse therapy or horse-assisted therapy. It involves participants engaging in activities such as grooming, feeding and riding a horse

In the small town of Jay Em, Wyoming, a program called Project Remount Corporation matches veterans or first responders with wild mustangs, a variety of horses. Wyoming National Guard

Every May 30 is observed as Memorial Day in the United States, commemorating those who have died serving in the United States Armed Forces. While those who survived remained among the worst victims of mental health issues.

According to FoxNewsmore veterans have died by suicide since the September 11 attacks than in combat.

The report cites research from Brown University and Boston University. He revealed that more than 30,000 active and veteran US service members involved in wars after 9/11 are believed to have died by suicide – a figure at least four times higher than the 7,000 service members killed in action during that time.

From 2006 to 2021, the US Department of Veterans Affairs found that mental health needs increased by approximately 98%.

To address mental health issues faced by active military members and veterans, some organizations have begun offering horse therapy or horse-assisted therapy.

What Is Horse Therapy And How It Helps With Mental Health

According FoxNewsin the small town of Jay Em, Wyoming, there is a program called Project Remount Corporation that matches veterans or first responders with wild mustangs, a variety of horses.

Horse therapy involves a range of activities with horses to promote human physical and mental health. To use horses in the therapeutic process, people are encouraged to participate in activities such as grooming, feeding, and riding a horse while being supervised by a mental health professional.

Operation Remount was started by Kelly Alexander and his wife, Karen. Alexander is a veteran who served over 20 years in the Army and Army National Guard. The program stemmed from his own experience with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as multiple traumatic brain injuries.

According to the Wyoming Military Department website, Alexander came across a program in Texas called Veterans and Mustangs through the Mustang Heritage Foundation.

It was there that he found the tools necessary to find his way back to his normal state.

He started Operation Remount in an effort to duplicate his experience and allow veterans with traumatic issues like PTSD to find their way back like him.

The six-week program pairs the participant with a wild mustang. Horses also suffered trauma when they were taken away from their herds and placed in overcrowded, immune paddocks.

The shared experience between a participant and a horse helps in the healing process. They work to establish a relationship of trust and bonding through one-on-one training.

According FoxNews, Operation Remount allows veterans to keep the Wild Horse for themselves after completing the six-week course. The Alexanders hope to have eight vets and first responders on the ranch next year and continue to grow.

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