Today I headed out to Redcliffe, QLD to partake in Equine Therapy. As a sufferer of PTSD, Major Depression and Anxiety Disorder, this was really a good chance to just bond and get away from what triggers everything.
The Program was created by Wounded Heroes Australia to help soldiers dealing with the stresses of what they’ve been through during their time in the military, a chance to connect with horses and make a bond and connection with these majestic animals. The Idea is this bond allows you to de-stress and unwind from the noise that creates the storm in their heads.
The soldiers at the end of the day are noticeably relaxed and have made a bond that cannot be broken with these majestic creatures. The ability to come back and share this connection, gives the soldiers respite from their otherwise crowded minds.
The Organiser, Peter Riches, is also a returned serviceman and Vietnam Veteran. He volunteers his time to help the soldiers of today, his ability to share similar emotion makes the experience all that more accommodating and pleasant.
The Soldiers feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive. For them, it’s not just about getting off base, but that connection that they have made with the horses, it is an everlasting memory that they can go back to and reflect on when times for them are dark.
If you want to know more about Wounded Heroes, you can find more information about them through there website http://www.woundedheroes.org.au/. I look forward to the next time I can bring you more news on what these guys are doing.
Jane Slayer is the President of Riding for disabled association, the associations slogan is Riding Develops Ability (RDA). The venue and the horses for these events are provided by Volunteers at the Redcliffe Showgrounds. Janes team runs a similar program called riding for disabled. The program brings the local community with physical and cognitive disabilities the chance to interact with the horses on a emotional and physical level.