Given the holiday that many observed yesterday, it seemed fitting to draw attention to the use of horses in treating Veterans. Equine therapy has helped thousands of our troops heal from both physical and mental impacts of war. Often times PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and challenging relationship dynamics are a reality for those whom have served and the mental health community is recognizing how powerful horses can be in the recovery process. Riding My Way Back is a film project that educates and promotes equine assisted therapy and therapeutic riding for our veterans.
Check out the Riding My Way Back website for information on purchasing the DVD or Donating. There are also a few screenings coming up in our area, more information on their page. www.ridingmywayback.com
Synopsis from Website: Riding My Way Back is a short documentary that chronicles one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide. In 2010, Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in addition to third-degree burns and nerve damage from a roadside bomb. At his most desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Aaron is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fred. Through caring for Fred and building mutual trust, Aaron begins the difficult process of reconnecting to the world around him and healing the terrible, invisible wounds of war that had nearly defeated him.