Credit : NorthJersey.com (screen shot)
Friday 11 August - 15h02 | Ian Clayton
While the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how it can be treated is an important and serious one, the horse in a recent NorthJersey.com article on horse-assisted therapy for veterans was mostly in the mood for some light-hearted affectionate contact. See the video below.
In the article, staff writer Lindy Washburn takes an in-depth look at a new Columbia University study on how grooming and leading horses around the ring could help those dealing with PTSD. Researchers including medical psychology professor Yuval Neria are hoping to recruit 60-70 veterans for the study, Neria was a tank commander in the Israeli Army, and he told Washburn that a horse’s natural instincts are "very parallel to the PTSD patient experience. The patient is thinking about how to regain safety, how to guarantee safety." As part of the article, the NorthJersey team filmed an interview with Neria during which 12-year-old Jack comes over for a nuzzle. "The way he licks now — the way he uses his tongue — suggests he is not stressed out," Neria says. "He is completely relaxed. He trusts us." See the video below with the horse 'neighing in' on the issue as the newspaper puts it, and read the full article here.
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