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Horses Help Manage PTSD
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Horses Help Manage PTSD

The number of people around the world suffering from PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, without even realizing it is staggering. This is a mental condition that people can suffer from after witnessing or experiencing something traumatic in their lives. PTSD can cause people to suffer from extreme anxiety, flashbacks, and nightmares. They often face difficulties in coping with their previously normal life, which is why they need to be treated in the early stages of the disorder.

Some of the people suffering most from PTSD are soldiers who come home from war zones. Having seen terrible things on a daily basis, they are often found unable to readjust to their lives back home. However, if the story of Ben Tyne is any indication, spending time with horses might just help them manage PTSD.

Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine Assisted Therapy has become quite famous in the past few years, after it was noted that people who suffered from mental or physical disorders felt much better when spending time around horses on a regular basis. Today, this type of therapy is being practiced in many places around the globe and it is helping people suffering from disorders like anxiety, PTSD, and depression feel better. It has even been found to be useful in helping people with physical disorders, as spending time with horses makes them feel empowered to lead their own lives independently.

Spending Time with Horses is ‘Honest’

After Ben Tyne returned from his tour of Afghanistan, he had to endure relentless bouts of rage and depression. Little did he know that spending time with horses could help him manage his PTSD. He has found an escape from his mental torture in the time he spends with horses. He says that ‘it’s very honest’ and that he does not have to face any judgement from his equine companions.

While many animals can be used to deal with stress and other such mental issues, Mr. Tyne feels that horses are the best ones for the purpose. He says that the difference between a horse and a dog is that a dog can be happy around multiple people at the same time whereas a horse requires a special bond to be made before it even interacts with anyone.

Animals Give Patients Something to Look Forward to

The reason animals are so helpful for people in dealing with mental disorders is because they allow the patients to look forward to something. Patients need to develop a special bond with the animal before they can interact with it on a regular basis. Horses, especially, are very complex animals and are capable of detecting human emotions. In order to successfully spend time with a horse, patients need to keep their anger and emotions in check. This is what helps them stay calm, and later reflect on their time with their equine companion.

Horses are being used all over the world to help people like Ben Tyne manage their PTSD. They allow the patients to develop a one-on-one relationship with themselves, helping them deal with their unstable emotions on a regular basis. It’s no surprise then that Mr. Tyne is so happy that he found equine therapy to deal with his issues, saying that one visit to the equine center on a weekly basis is enough to help him be stable.

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  1. Of Horse Support
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    This is an amazing story! Thanks for sharing the benefits of equine therapy, RAC!
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