Cruisin’ Connecticut – Veteran’s Day Special: Equine Therapy for Soldiers with PTSD

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SHARON, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to Sharon, home of The Equus Effect.

The farm uses equine therapy to help returning veterans with PTSD, build healthy, authentic relationships at home, work and school through meaningful engagement with horses.

Jane Strong and David Sonatore are the founders and say to serve our soldiers is an honor:

To serve them when they come home is probably one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done in my life. When a vet first gets around a horse and the horse is calm they realize the environment’s safe.

Jim, a Vietnam Veteran explains his experience with the horses:

I’m looking at him, I’m looking at his eyes, petting the horse a certain way and he’s getting my vibes, he’s getting vibration out of me. And I says holy cow this is amazing and I didn’t want to do it at first because I’m trying to communicate with a human being, getting where I am today, not a horse. After a couple three weeks into this, I couldn’t wait to come back up here to get another session.

The Veterans groom, walk, and learn how to work with the horse through different communication tactics. During the equine therapy, there’s a release of oxytocin that goes through the brain, which is a calming hormone. Through their experiences at The Equus Effect, the Veterans are able to create better relationships, assimilating back to civilian life.

If you know someone that could benefit from equine therapy, visit The Equus Effect in Sharon, CT.

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