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Community Service Project: Horses Helping Veterans
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Community Service Project: Horses Helping Veterans

If it was your New Year’s resolution to serve more in your community, we have an idea for you and your horse.

It is often quoted from Winston Churchill that the outside of the horse is good for the inside of a man. This is especially true for disabled children, veterans, and those with eating disorders. Mental and behavioral disorders are challenging for those who are suffering. Equine therapy helps build confidence, assertiveness, and strengthens non-verbal communication skills. Horses help those who have PTSD and those who are suffering from symptoms of anxiety. Horses bring out the best in people, and there is no doubt that horse lovers know that already.  

Equine assisted psychotherapy is a great way to let your horse serve in the community. Pairing with a mental health professional to let your horse spend time with a veteran can make a huge difference and serve those heroes who have faithfully served our country. The experience with the horse leads to discussions about feelings and behaviors and leads to therapeutic breakthroughs. Spending time with horses also builds confidence and boosts self-esteem. 

Although it is best to have a trained mental health specialist involved, you can still offer your community’s local heroes opportunities to get to know your horses. Suggesting and then participating at regularly scheduled events at your local riding arena is just one way to get involved. Just make sure that your horses that participate are not skittish and do not need experienced riders. Letting the horses be petted, brushed, and fed are just a few hands on activities that can be performed and enjoyed by novices.

Load up your horse in your Featherlite trailer and reach out to your community. You just might find that the life you change is your own. Helping others and spending time with your horse is a win-win situation.

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