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Research on Experiences of Military Veterans in a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program

PTSD veterans were involved in research involving therapeutic horseback riding.
PTSD veterans were involved in research involving therapeutic horseback riding.

PTSD veterans were involved in research involving therapeutic horseback riding.

An article in Clinical Nursing Research centered around "Experiences of Military Veterans in a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program." 

The abstract noted that: "Posttraumatic stress disorder commonly occurs among U.S. military veterans. Therapeutic horseback riding (THR) has emerged as an adjunct therapy. We explored 20 veterans’ perceived benefits, drawbacks and views of a 6-week THR program. Participants had confirmed diagnoses of posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, or both. Veterans rode the same horse weekly, the same day, at the same time. 

"Data were collected as part of a randomized clinical trial testing the effects of THR on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans responded to an open-ended questionnaire. Content analysis was used for data analysis. Benefits were 'Connection to the Horse,' 'Relaxing,' '180 Degree Change,' and 'Meeting New People.' Drawbacks were 'None,' 'Struggle to Get There,' 'Pain,' 'Too Short,' and 'It is Structured.' 

"Overall perceptions were 'I Absolutely Loved It,' 'Feel Again,' 'The Horse,' 'The People,' and “No Worries.' Participants viewed THR as positive. 

"Findings may elucidate why THR may be clinically beneficial."

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