I suffer from PTSD and anxiety due to severe abuse suffered in childhood and later in a series of abusive relationships. I've done the whole self treating thing with alcohol and self-spoiling. When that didn't work, I did the traditional therapy thing. Nothing ever felt like it stuck until I started attending therapy horseback riding lessons at Dustin's Place in North Georgia.
I used to be so paralyzed with anxiety and panic attacks that I couldn't even drive around, and could barley handle getting myself to work. It was crippling my ability to settle in my new home after a major move, make new friends, and cope with all the huge changes in my life... to say nothing of the depression all of this caused.
Everything took a turn for the better when I started riding. My anxiety improved markedly, my crippling panic attacks have disappeared, I have gone off of prescribed panic medication, I can drive myself around the city no problem, and my social relationships are flourishing. To say the least, the effect was very marked and drastic for me.
While I don't promote the idea that therapeutic riding should be used to REPLACE traditional therapy... I believe that riding was the only thing that *REALLY* helped me heal, and was a catalyst to helping my work in traditional therapy really stick, so to speak.
I wonder if others have had similar experiences? Based on my results, I would highly encourage others to at least give therapeutic riding a chance.
If you're in my area, this is where I go. If you're elsewhere, some simple google searching would probably reveal some great local options.
Happy riding and healing,