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Equine assisted training helps those with PTSD

Equine assisted training Technical Sergeant Amanda Thompson started a program known as Healing Of Our Veterans through Equine Assisted Services (H.O.O.V.E.S.) in 2010. The program helps veterans with post traumatic stress disorder overcome their struggle using equine workshops that allow application of skills like non-verbal communication, creative thinking and problem solving in a given circumstance. Pictured is Thompson

DELTA — While Amanda Thompson has a full-time job, is a single mom, currently in school and a member of the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she still finds time to help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thompson, who has also served four years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, started the program Healing Of Our Veterans through Equine Assisted Services (H.O.O.V.E.S.) in 2010, and is now certified as an equine therapist. “We’re trained to go to war, we go and then we execute, but then there’s no training to come back home,” Thompson said, adding she is not a therapist. “Training moves people forward.” After working with horse owners and their horses to find an efficient way of communication when there was a lack of that element, she discovered the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and learned she could help those with PTSD using her horses. She said H.O.O.V.E.S. allows those with PTSD to interact with rescue horses in workshops for healing, development and growth. “I’ve never seen (the program) not work,” Thompson said. “There’s been people that have made dramatic changes and other people that have made simple changes. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it.” The workshop includes veterans having the ability to create their own obstacles with materials like cones and DELTA — While Amanda Thompson has a full-time job, is a single mom, currently in school and a member of the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she still finds time to help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Thompson, who has also served four years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, started the program Healing Of Our Veterans through Equine Assisted Services (H.O.O.V.E.S.) in 2010, and is now certified as an equine therapist. “We’re trained to go to war, we go and then we execute, but then there’s no training to come back home,” Thompson said, adding she is not a therapist. “Training moves people forward.” After working with horse owners and their horses to find an efficient way of communication when there was a lack of that element, she discovered the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association and learned she could help those with PTSD using her horses. She said H.O.O.V.E.S. allows those with PTSD to interact with rescue horses in workshops for healing, development and growth. “I’ve never seen (the program) not work,” Thompson said. “There’s been people that have made dramatic changes and other people that have made simple changes. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it.” The workshop includes veterans having the ability to create their own obstacles with materials like cones and