We’re highlighting one of our favorite, local, veteran resources today: Rainier Therapeutic Riding. Their team works with vets and soldiers who return home with Post Traumatic Stress or Traumatic Brain Injuries to regain strength, balance, cognitive awareness and develop social skills.
More than 30 percent of soldiers returning home from overseas are diagnosed with PTSD or brain injuries. Those statistics paired with the fact that service members are twice as likely to commit suicide than the general public, make up the backbone for Rainier Therapeutic Riding’s vision and purpose: to aid vets in their transition back home.
Partnering with medical teams at Joint Base Lewis McCord, the Veterans Administration and private referrals, the Rainier Therapeutic Riding team teach riders of all ages life skills and healing through horsemanship.
This program helps riders:
- Increase core body strength
- Improve balance
- Sharpen spatial and cognitive awareness
- Help with independence and social skills
- Develop gross and fine motor skills
- Exercise memory and sequencing abilities
Riders coming to the sessions often are struggling with thoughts of suicide and have emotionally and socially pulled away from other people in their lives. With the help of Rainier Therapeutic Riding, those veterans find a passion for life, trust and relationships that will help sustain them throughout the future.
If you’d like to donate to the cause, learn more about the programs or get involved, check out their website here and find them in the Washington Military Resource Media directory and website.