Where Horses are Heroes

Straight from the Horse's Heart

By Jennette Barnes published in the Boston Globe

At the Wild Hearts Therapeutic program, recovering war veterans bond with animals for well-being

 Jennette Barnes for The Boston Globe Iraq War veteran Rich Muldoon works with a horse named Kipper as part of the Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program in West Bridgewater. The horses help people who suffer from post-traumatic stress, brain injury, and psychological illnesses.
Jennette Barnes for The Boston Globe
Iraq War veteran Rich Muldoon works with a horse named Kipper as part of the Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program in West Bridgewater. The horses help people who suffer from post-traumatic stress, brain injury, and psychological illnesses.

WEST BRIDGEWATER — Humans can learn from what it takes to get a horse to trust us.

A horse is a prey animal whose ears are always alert to danger and whose instinct is to flee, even from humans. The staff at Wild Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Program have a word for it: hypervigilance.

They see the same hypervigilance in people who have suffered trauma, particularly in some military personnel and veterans. In response, the organization started a program called Wild Hearts Horses for Heroes, which…

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