Veteran Programs at Stoneybrook

Study finds that therapeutic riding significantly decreases PTSD symptoms in veterans.

About eight out of every 100 military veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. With more than 18.2 million U.S. veterans in 2018, that means that more than 1.4 million U.S. current or former military personnel are affected by PTSD.

A study funded by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF)has proven that horses can help.

Beth A. Lanning, PhD, MCHES, of Baylor University, in 2017 published a peer-reviewed study supported by the Horses and Humans Research Foundation. That study had 51 veterans and active duty service members participate in an eight-week therapeutic riding program.

The study findings revealed clinically significant decreases in PTSD symptoms, improved social functioning, vitality, less interference from emotions in daily activities, and increased participation in daily life. The study also reported improved confidence, trust, acceptance of self and others, and gratitude.

The Stoneybrook Foundation provides a serene place for military veterans to go that provides therapeutic healing through equine-related activities by Path Certified instructors, skilled staff and trained volunteers.

The Stoneybrook Foundation provides our services to our veterans.  Some of our volunteers are veterans themselves and understand the challenges veterans face reintegrating into domestic life after experiencing the psychological trauma and physical wounds of war.