North Dakota’s Sitting Bull College has used horse therapists for the past five years to help veterans who have returned from war with physical, mental or emotional barriers. The college’s Equine Assisted Learning Program helps these men and women overcome those barriers.
Sitting Bull College’s Equine Assisted Learning Program has been helping veterans for five years. Screenshot via KFYR
Of the veterans who have participated in the program, several have seen improvement. Philip McLaughlin, a former Marine who fought in Desert Storm and returned with a knee injury and PTSD, told KFYR-TV, “I started having nightmares, flash backs and not really understanding what was going on. It was scary. [The horses] sense it. They’re strange beings but they’re helpful.”
Vietnam War Navy veteran Kenny Horsley added, “I’m very anxious a lot and I stress over things too much. It’s a getting back to nature type of thing for me and I just really appreciate it.”