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Withers for Warriors

Save a Life to Save a Life

Equine Assisted Therapy

Equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) is an experiential form of psychotherapy that involves equines. PATH Intl. provides standards of professionalism and safety for people working in EFP.


PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

Equine Assisted Therapy

Your Horse Therapist

We are the exploration of reduction of symptoms of PTSD in Veterans using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). Certified therapy horses will distinguish between neurotypical humans and Veterans experiencing psychological trauma. Evident through different behaviors and physiological parameters, horses will mirror back to the Veterans, creating the environmental conditions for healing and recovery.

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The one year increase in the number of diagnosed cases of PTSD in the military.


How Common Is PTSD?

Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one trauma in their lives. Women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Men are more likely to experience accidents, physical assault, combat, disaster, or to witness death or injury.

PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness.

Our Core Principles

Our Core Principles serve as a framework and guide as we navigate the world of health on behalf of our clients.

The rights and dignity of individuals and groups should be respected.


Lines of responsibility and accountability should be clearly defined.


Research should aim to maximise benefit for all individuals and society at large.


In all that we do, perform with integrity and transparency.

Not only are service members more likely to have PTSD than civilians but, as a result of the perceived stigma surrounding the condition, they are particularly reluctant to report symptoms,

Gale M. Lucas, PhD

The more understanding there is, the easier it is for patients, and treatment goes better for those patients,

Jack Nitschke, PhD

When looking at the various ways people attempt to cope with exposure to one or a series of traumatic events, it's important to recognize the ways that they may manifest.

Gary Brown, PhD

Following exposure to a traumatic event, most people will experience some [PTSD] symptoms, but they will eventually dissipate within a month.

Vanessa H. Roddenberry, PhD


We specialize in treating Military Sexual Trauma (MST)-PTSD as well as Combat-PTSD. We believe that by choosing to specialize we can more comprehensively treat PTSD and the many ways it can manifest thereby allowing us to open our target group to include Police, EMT & Fire Personnel who also suffer from severe PTSD. We are planning to scale our operation relatively quickly, giving our customer base multiple locations of treatment to choose from within our first ten years of operation. We also will have Equine partners that are all specifically trained to work with our customers and therapy programs that are consistent in every physical Withers for Warriors location.

What we can help you achieve

The therapy takes advantage of the mental and physical exercise that working with a horse can provide.

January 17, 2018

Significance of the Mustang Horse

Through the “mirror” a Veteran battling PTSD can look to the mustang for guidance on…
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April 6, 2017

How Virtual Reality Is Helping Heal Soldiers With PTSD

Using VR, veterans suffering from PTSD enter a virtual war zone to relive the trauma of serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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November 2, 2017

Brain changes seen in veterans with PTSD after mindfulness training

Surprising findings suggest promise of mind-body techniques; more study needed.
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