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Therapeutic Riding and PTSD

January 16, 2012

At the Cheff Center, we are blessed to have an amazing partnership with the Battle Creek VA which allows us to provide services to nearly 200 active duty servicemen and veterans annually. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, many of these individuals show symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

We're excited to report that in March of 2016, the University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Veterinary Medicine released the findings of their research related to military veterans with symptoms of PTSD. The results validated what we've been seeing in our programing – "There is clear evidence that the Therapeutic Horseback Riding (THR) contributed to a decrease in PTSD symptoms." The summary goes on to elaborate that "Veterans participating in THR had statistically significant decreases in their PTSD symptoms throughout the study period; and the benefit increased the longer an individual was in the riding program."

In the industry, it's been hypothesized that this was the case for quite some time. Having scientific evidence to back up the theory is a huge step in the right direction in terms of funding as well as overall client services. If you would like to read more about this study, please visit

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