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Do you feel like you're drowning in flashbacks and triggers?
Do you constantly feeling unsafe, unloved, and uncared for?
Do you feel everything and everyone is a potential threat?
Do you feel hopeless and like you’ve lost yourself?
If this you, here’s five things you should know:
#1 You’re not alone. Many veterans feel the same.
#2 Trinity has served hundreds of veterans since 2009
#3 Things will get better
#4 It’s true, horses help veterans in remarkable ways
#5 We serve veterans and their families for free
“We deserve to be happy, feel safe and know that we matter.”
- JR Weaver, US Army
Trauma, PTSD, & Horses
Service related injuries generally fall into three different categories; physical, emotional and spiritual. Most Veterans don’t want to talk about their traumatic service experiences. That’s just fine because most of the work we do is non-verbal and relationship based. It is a journey of creating connection, relationship and trust. Once that is mastered between the Veteran and their horse, it spills over to the other important relationships in their life. Step-by-step, week after week the relationship grows and deepens, giving the Vet new skills and confidence that things can and will get better.
Therapy with horses is widely known for helping Veterans and their entire family work through the challenges of military service like; PTSD, depression, addictions, guilt, grief, anger, panic attacks, sleep disorders, spiritual injuries and more.
What to Expect
Our horse encounters take place in the pasture, arena or barn with your team. Members of your team are chosen based on your goals. All of our staff are credentialed, including licensed therapists, horse specialists and our hand-picked horses. Time with the horses are on the ground, so no riding experience is needed. We meet weekly for 50 minutes and continue for 8 weeks. We offer private, family and groups times. All services to you and your family are covered, so there is no cost for you.
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“I was a skeptical all right. Couldn’t see how a Horse would help get rid of my nightmares, or make me less jumpy, or be OK sitting in the middle of the restaurant instead of crammed in the corner. That’s impossible, right? How could Trinity help change so much of me, that I’d stop thinking of suicide 24 seven. Well, I’m here to tell you it did. The amazing thing is… that I’m even here at all. I had my date, my time, and my method. But for whatever reason, I decided to reach out and stand. I had nothing to lose. I tried all kinds of therapies, except horse therapy. This was way different. At first I barely talked, and that was OK with them. They said it was more about connecting with a horse and building a relationship. I didn’t get it right away, but after a few weeks, it snapped into focus. The horse was my battle buddy, my kids, my wife, my job, my fears, my pride, my goals. My relationship with Sterling taught me I can change how I see the world, my world. How I can be more compassionate and patient. Like one day I came in all angry and up in his business, and the horse wouldn’t even come near me, just like my wife and kids. But when I practiced getting my temper in check and cleaned up my attitude, Sterling came and put his head on my shoulder.
I could practice stuff in the arena with my team and then use what I learned at home or work. They taught me how to anticipate and adjust for my triggers. How to get grounded, so I don’t blow up. They help me work through some really tough stuff. Now I’m calmer, happier, more confident, and yes, kinder, my wife says. I know I’m a better dad and husband and friend. I just feel like a better human.”
"I'm just in awe of how Champ and Lilly responds to me. Never before I have actually believed that what I was doing would help me. I simply went through the motions. But in two sessions at Trinity and working with the horses I feel better than I have in 12 years! For people who don't have PTSD, I think it's hard for them to understand it. They say how can a horse really help... All I know is that after spending time with Lilly, all I can do is smile. It has changed my life!”
- Brandon | US Army Veteran