First Responders & Other Emergency Workers
Horse Rescue, Killpens, and The Slaughter Pipeline
We have been asked why we use the horses that we use. Why do we only take rescues (many who are not rideable) when there are people giving away healthy, rideable, never abused or neglected horses. One of our volunteers summed it up simply: "Because these guys have stories."
An anxious veteran struggling tremendously with PTSD can experience an instant, unspoken connection with a horse who has gone through similar experiences - and that connection results in a powerful sense of calm. And that connection happens face to face.
For those who have experienced a disability due to their service, they can relate to a horse that is "un-rideable." We see these connections happen on a regular basis.
But also, we take these horses because no one else can, or no one else will. They require a little more care, a little more feed, and a little more time, and not everyone is able to provide that. So we gladly give them a home with us. And when they can't give you the things that other horses can (like riding), they tend to give you even more. If you get the chance to meet them for yourself you will find out what we mean.
Horses and Humans
Research suggests that working with horses can provide benefits to veterans and others with PTSD or related conditions. These benefits include increased positive emotion, decreased PTSD symptoms, improved relationships, increased confidence, improved self-control, stronger leadership skills, and a greater ability to open up about their past trauma. The human-horse bond is especially important in improving quality of life, reducing stress, and helping the individual build and maintain healthy relationships in the rest of life.