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Amazing Group Uses Retired Racehorses To Help Veterans

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Saratoga is known for horse racing – the track is legendary. But tucked away, beyond the track, is a farm that’s using Off The Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB) to help veterans adjust to life after military service.

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

 

The program is free. As their website says:

Saratoga WarHorse creates a win-win situation for veterans and off-the-track Thoroughbreds by providing an effective alternative method for healing emotional wounds and offering the horses rewarding and meaningful work after their racing careers have ended.”

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

 

The program teaches veterans to communicate with the horses, whose calm and honest personalities help the servicemen and women overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fear, trust issues and other invisible scars of war.

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

 

“There’s a lot of pain that these veterans have to find a way to let go of and this seems to be a very effective method,” Bob Nevins, the Founder of Saratoga War Horse, told CBS news. He is a Vietnam veteran himself, so he understands what they are going through. In fact, he experienced it firsthand himself.

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

 

In the same report, one veteran commented on the experience:

“Whatever emotions I had, whatever I was feeling, at that time inside the ring, I was able to leave it there. I passed through the gate and I felt that I didn’t have to carry it anymore.”

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

Watch this CBS6 news video to see the work in action:

This is such an incredible program for our honored veterans. Anyone who has been around a horse understands the amazing power they have over our emotions. These retired racehorses are getting a chance to do something truly special – the chance to save someone’s life and rehabilitate their soul.

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

Image source: Saratoga WarHorse

You can help them with their mission by donating on their website.

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