Saratoga WarHorse is a nonprofit organization assisting veterans who are suffering from invisible, psychological wounds by providing a confidential, peer-to-peer, action based, equine-assisted experience that initiates immediate and empowering changes.
“Only 1 percent of American men and women have answered their country’s call to serve and protect in the military, and yet out of the entire general population in the United States, those who have served account for 20 percent of all suicides.”
Saratoga WarHorse offers veterans a three-day experience that has proven to be effective and invaluable for those struggling to adjust to life after military service. The program is provided at no cost to the veterans.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The end of a horse’s career on the track doesn’t mean that horse’s impact in Saratoga is over.
The non-profit “Saratoga WarHorse” takes retired Thoroughbreds and pairs them with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.
The experience helps the vets cope with some of the symptoms that come with PTSD.
Sunday they were at the race course’s Community Booth, spreading awareness about what they do.
Their representative, a veteran who graduated from the program, now volunteers with WarHorse.
“I think through certain counseling it doesn’t always work, but somehow there’s that Connection with the animal that breaks that barrier down and makes them understand how to work through the process with post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Nicolle Bibeau, a Saratoga WarHorse graduate.
The program is offered for free to veterans.
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