A Purpose: Role of Equine Therapy in Veteran PTSD Explored

From: Horsetalk.co.nz

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Equine therapy for combat and service veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder is in the spotlight in a new three-part digital docu-series exploring the anecdotal evidence and quest for scientific proof supporting the role that horses play in addressing PTSD.

The first two videos from “Purpose” are available online. Produced by America’s Best Racing (ABR), the series examines the deep therapeutic connection between horse and human, with a particular focus on three distinct non-profit programs dedicated to serving veterans through connections with horses, including retired Thoroughbreds. Part one focuses on SquirrelWood Equine Sanctuary, part two features the Man O’ War Project at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Borne of his commitment to public service and his love of racehorses and their post-racing care, the Man O’ War Project at Columbia University Irving Medical Center is the brainchild of Ambassador Earle Mack. A businessman, philanthropist, diplomat, and veteran of the US Army, Ambassador Mack envisions the Man O’ War Project as a necessary endeavor to better provide for the mental healthcare of veterans suffering from PTSD. Members of the Psychiatry Department at Columbia University Irving Medical Center are determined to lead the quest in creating the definitive medical study designed to recognize equine-assisted therapy as the most effective treatment for PTSD through this first of its kind university-based study.

“Given the statistics, we have to do more to help our brave veterans – they need more treatment options,” said Ambassador Earle Mack.

“I believe equine therapy can play a major role. The Man O’ War Project at Columbia University Irving Medical Center is honored to be a part of this docuseries that examines how horses can help veterans with PTSD.”

Finish the article about the new three-part digital doc-series exploring the role that horses play in addressing PTSD: https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2018/05/03/equine-therapy-veteran-ptsd/

View the three-part feature video series highlighting the critical and effective role that horses play in addressing the epidemic of U.S. military veterans returning from combat with PTSD here: http://www.earleimack.com/public-service/news-in-philanthropy/