Rescued Horses Help Veterans With PTSD

PTSD

By Alexandra Koehn 

A local horse therapy program has been using horses recovering from emotional trauma to help veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Returning from war, sometimes it’s hard to get back in the saddle.

“I heard someone say that a horse is a 1,500 pound lie detector,” Joe Cottingham said. “There’s no BS’ing a horse, ya’ know, and these veterans don’t want any of that either. Some of these guys don’t want to open too much, but they can get more confident with a horse.”

Cottingham founded Heroes & Horses Healing. He served in Vietnam.

“There was no such thing as PTSD when we got back,” Cottingham said. “It’s changed a whole lot since then.”

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