Equine Therapy for 20 Veterans in Hopkinton NH

by Back In The Saddle Equine Therapy Center
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Summary

Ride UP, a program of riding and ground work with horses provides unique opportunities for Uniformed Professionals who serve our community to process experiences encountered at work. Therapeutic interactions with horses have been shown beneficial in cases of P.T.S.D., which can affect anyone engaged in dangerous, life threatening activities, such as Veterans, Police, Fire, and Rescue Personnel. Non-judgmental, welcoming group activities allow processing of life events in a safe environment.
$10,120.00
total raised
81
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years

Challenge

According to the Department of Veteran's Affairs: PTSD is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, an accident or disaster. You don't need to be a veteran to suffer symptoms of PTSD. Service personnel must live with after-effects of work related trauma. 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives. About 5.2 million adults have PTSD during any given year in the US.

Solution

A welcoming, non-judgmental group interaction provides the basis for growth and recovery with the help of our horses. Therapeutic interventions involving horses has been shown to ameliorate the symptoms of PTSD in service personnel. Twenty veterans and or uniformed professionals will be given the opportunity to work for a month with horses, either through ground training, driving, or riding. Mental health counseling and followup surveys of efficacy shall provide documentation of program results.

Long-Term Impact

Today, more than 30 Veterans Affairs medical centers participate in horse therapy for service members and veterans with challenges ranging from mental and emotional to physical. As the benefits of horse therapy are recognized, BITS ETC hopes to extend the experience to veterans who have returned to our community, and others who might suffer from work related trauma...namely, our own community members in the fire, rescue and police departments; and always free of charge to the participant!

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).

Resources

http:/​/​www.bitsetc.org
Back In The Saddle Equine Therapy Center website
General Public Service Video on YouTube

Organization Information

Back In The Saddle Equine Therapy Center

Location: Hopkinton, NH - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.bitsetc.org
Project Leader:
Pauline Meridien
Hopkinton, NH United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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