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.
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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