Horse Sense & Healing, launched in 2010, is a 3-day equine-assisted workshop for Veterans and first responders struggling with posttraumatic stress (PTSD). The equine-assisted program helps Veterans and first responders (and their families) overcome past emotional injuries and learn to trust, communicate emotions and build resiliency to cope after deployment, through the experience of Monty Roberts’ globally acclaimed Join-Up® process and other ground-based horsemanship activities.
Join-Up is an effective tool to help participants rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse to deal more effectively with post-traumatic stress, emotional trauma, anti-social behavior and withdrawal, anger, self-worth, combat stress, hypervigilance, depression and other symptoms.
Monty Roberts’ methods demonstrate the deeply healing power of establishing a trusting relationship with horses without the use of dominance, coercion or force. After three transformational days, participants can better understand how to trust others, deal with negative emotions, confront painful memories, cope with real-life situations, and move on with their lives and relationships.
“We have been working with people suffering from post-traumatic stress, over the course of six separate workshops each year. The results are coming in, and the outcome is fantastic. We have people laughing and getting back to a normal life who have been afflicted with service-connected post-traumatic stress for upwards of 35 years,” says Monty Roberts. “All the way from Vietnam to Afghanistan, your local Police Station to the Ambulance Driver these injured heroes come home in a terrible state and need our help to reconnect with their communities. The horses are doing their work with incredible efficiency.”