Arnaldo Rodgers is a trained and educated Psychologist. He has worked as a community organizer and activist.

View Latest Posts >>>

Horses help veterans cope with trauma

PTSD

It is possible to ride the Appaloosas that Ric Jerez uses in his equine assisted therapy, but that’s not how it works. Rather, they help people in distress get better by just being themselves.

In nature, horses are prey and humans are predators. Horses tend to be wary around humans and only let people approach them in a certain way. If a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is handed a halter and a lead rope, and told to pick two horses and bring them in, the horses may not feel like getting caught. That process can be very demanding, and then counselors can ask the vet, “Well, how did that go for you?”

“A lot of times it’s a problem-solving process,” Jerez told The Lawton Constitution (http://bit.ly/1SmEezf ).

If a vet is reluctant to open up about the day things went wrong in Baghdad, he might be asked to arrange barrels in a way that reminds him of how things were that day.

Read the Full Article at www.bradenton.com >>>>

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Related Posts:



The views expressed herein are the views of the author exclusively and not necessarily the views of VNN, VNN authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners, technicians or the Veterans Today Network and its assigns. Notices

Posted by on February 14, 2017, With 0 Reads, Filed under Health, PTSD. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

FaceBook Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment Login


TOP 50 READ ARTICLES THIS MONTH
From Veterans Today Network