Horses Help Injured Veterans Heal

Every wounded veteran must take on their own path toward healing. The path will vary by veteran as well as the type of injury from which the veteran suffers. In Anne Arundel County, Maryland, veterans can enroll in a therapy program using horses.

Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) has been using equine therapy in their programs aimed at helping both children and adults with special needs. MTR has recently started a new program called Horses for Heroes. This program uses horses to help veterans on their path to recovery. The Horses for Heroes program focuses on wounded veterans who:

  • Suffer injuries resulting from combat; and
  • Suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

According to the MTR’s Development Director, riding horses helps on both a physical as well as a mental level. Physically, riding horses serves to strengthen core muscles, which helps with balance and coordination. For those veterans who have experienced IED explosions, inner ear issues may exist. Inner ear issues affect a person’s balance, which the riding hopes to correct.

Riding horses can also serve to heal veterans emotionally. Riding creates a very peaceful environment and horses are very sensitive animals. The combination of the two creates a healing environment beneficial to the veteran.

Since the program’s inception, almost 50 soldiers have taken part in the equine therapy. MTR works in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Washington DC as well as representatives in Fort Meade to help veterans reach their individual recovery goals.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.