Hi there. I'm a first time poster to the forum, and was just looking for somewhere to share my testimonial experience in hopes it could be of help to someone else who feels like nothing is working in their treatment...... I used to be there.
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,