For centuries, horses have been a part of war.You might say that horses have been veterans for as long as people have been veterans. There’s a memorial to Animals in War in London that took my breath away when I saw it. It’s so engaging–it draws you in. And it really hits you when you see the words, “They had no choice.” All those horses–and other animals–who so faithfully served, truly had no say in the matter.
Horses are still deployed to the front lines. U.S. Special Forces use them in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan. However, horses are also helping soldiers on the other side of the battlefield to heal from the effects of PTSD, traumatic brain injury and to readjust to normal life. Those of us who interact with horses on a regular basis are well acquainted with the powerful mental and emotional support horses can give. It’s a blessing to be able to share these benefits with those who fight for freedom.
This Veterans Day, I urge you to consider a donation to an organization that partners with horses to help our warriors. Heart Rocks Therapy provides individual, group and family counseling free of charge to soldiers. Rocky Top Therapy Center is another great organization serving our military and their families through horses. Operation Once in a Lifetime and the Snowball Express don’t utilize horses, but are wonderful organizations that support our troops.
To the 1% who fight for the freedom of the 99%, we thank you for your selfless and valiant service.