Horses bring different perspective to veterans for healing

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Summit Equestrian Center unveiled their Equine Assisted Therapy new services for veterans, giving them the opportunity to work with and ride horses to help them on their journey to physical and emotional well-being Saturday.

The center offers three programs:

The Adaptive Riding program offers veterans the opportunity to learn basic horse care and riding skills, then have the opportunity build on their experience as they go for a trail ride compete in local contests or help build our drill team. Summit works with riders with TBI, PTSD, amputations, paralysis, anxiety and other challenges toward a wide range of personal goals, according to a press release.

Summit Equestrian Center is a Premier Accredited center with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl). The facilitators have extensive specialized training for helping people through interacting with horses, according to a press release. the center has been providing services to the Fort Wayne area since 2010.

The Centered Leadership program focuses on building ground-based horsemanship skills. This utilizes a round pen, directing the horse to travel around, change directions, and regulate pace often without using ropes or equipment. The veterans in this program have the opportunity to  work a the BLM Mustang horse, according to a press release.

Veterans, their families, and people that serve the veteran community, among others were invited to attend the event.

These programs are therapy strategies for people having trouble with readjustment, anger management, anxiety, depression, combat stress.To learn more information, visit Summit Equestrian.