Horses for Heroes Program to help local veterans

by Bill Hughes on November 11, 2014 at 7:11 am

In honor of Veterans Day Tuesday, Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center is showing a documentary this week about a veteran who found solace in a horse.

The movie, Riding my way Back, tells the story of one veteran who struggled with reconnecting to the world outside of war. Erika Brooks with Breaking Free said the documentary helps show people what veterans deal with when returning from war.

"The documentary really shows how much of a difference horses can make in the lives of people," said Brooks. "Breaking Free has been doing that for years now, and they really wanted to open it up to veterans, and this documentary is a perfect chance to show that they do really help, and hopefully people in this area will become involved."

To help bring the healing power of horses to the area, Breaking Free is starting a new program next year called Horses for Heroes. The program will give all veterans the opportunity to ride and be around horses on its 150 acre property in Norwich. Brooks said Breaking Free is starting this to help local veterans.

"You don’t need to live in despair. There is something you can become a part of," said Brooks. "Horses have been proven to show they can provide therapeutic support and really help people out."

The documentary will be shown at the Muskingum County Welcome Center Thursday at 6:30 p.m. After the screening, Breaking Free will have a sign-up for any veteran who wants to join the Horses for Heroes program.