P.E.A.C.E is Powerful Equine Assisted Counseling Experience

Through the use of equine assisted therapies, we strive to bring hope into the lives of the people we serve, provide them with the renewed sense of self and give them an opportunity of growth.

Why Horses?

According to Psychology Today, horses are incredibly intuitive. Horses are prey animals, therefore they are very in-tune with their surroundings. What does this mean? It means that a horse can sense human emotion and reflect it back. Because of this, clients are able to highlight the animal’s behavior and analyze it based on their own emotions. 

 

Did you know?

  • Horses can weight up to 2,200 pounds. Having the ability to handle and work alongside an animal so massive is guaranteed to improve your self-confidence, empowerment and trust. 

  • Biologically, horses can decrease a human’s blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, humans will:

    • Feel lower levels of stress.

    • Reduce feelings of tension, anxiety, and anger.

    • Increase levels of beta-endorphins (pain suppressor). 

Why Veterans?

There are 18.2 million veterans in the United States and almost 2 million reside here in the state of Florida. Out of the 18 million, 7.7 million are affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and occurs in people who have experienced or witnessed any traumatic event (American Psychiatric Association, 2018). At least 70% of adults who have experience trauma and 20% of them will develop PTSD (approx. 44.7 million people). According to PTSD United, those who suffer from this disease can often be accompanied by depression, substance abuse or other anxiety disorders (2018). PTSD not only affects the individual, but affects the his/her family and friends. Seeking treatment can help those get better control of their life. The average suicide rate for veterans is 22 per day

Veterans who commit suicide every day

Why Emerald M?

Emerald M has been providing service to veterans for over a year. Recently, the program has partnered with two Marine Corps veterans, one with a social work background and both with experience in peer-to-peer support. These men have experience in the military, experience in trauma and experience with horses. Horses, just like humans, all strive to have a purpose in life. These horses come from all over and they too, have a story to tell. Our horses have gone through forms of abuse, malnourishment, and losses. At Emerald M, not only will veterans gain horsemanship skills, but they will also have the opportunity to develop new friendships with the staff and other local veterans. 

Spot the Signs!

Memories: Memories of a traumatic event may occur in your sleep as nightmares or during the day as flashbacks. 

Avoidance: You don’t want to talk about it or think about it. You avoid anyone or anything that reminds you of that event. 

Behavior Changes: Your emotions may become more intense. Irrational, angry outbursts are common. 

Mood Swings: Deep feelings of guilt or shame. You may feel hopeless, numb or bad about yourself. Thoughts of suicide may run through your head and you no longer find interest in activities you normally enjoy. 

 

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