Imagine you are a soldier returning from war. You have been trained to NOT trust and return home traumatized by war. Then you are invited to learn to trust again. You do this by entering a small ring with a 1200 pound horse.
This fall, I had the pleasure of working with Debbie Loucks of Join Up International to understand trust, compassion, kindness, and care. She guided me through the Join Up program to see how engaging with a horse can turn anger, fear, and PTSD into the emerging stages of trusting relationships. Debbie’s convictions, words, tears, and passions about supporting soldiers with PTSD awakened my awareness to this huge veteran issue. [Read more…]