For over a decade now Monty Roberts’ Horse Sense & Healing has been helping Veterans, police, fire, first responders and their families overcome their daily challenges of dealing with the symptoms of posttraumatic stress (PTSD). Like the horse, a flight animal, these heroes have found it difficult to trust again. The three-day program involves working closely with horses, including Monty’s globally acclaimed Join-Up® process. Over the three days, participants and horses develop a special bond built upon mutual trust and respect.
Join-Up is an effective tool to help participants rediscover themselves through the eyes of the horse to deal more effectively with emotional trauma, anti-social behavior and withdrawal, anger, stress, combat stress and posttraumatic stress.
Monty Roberts’ methods demonstrate the deeply healing power of establishing a trusting relationship with horses without the use of force, causing a partnership with the horse. After three transformational days, participants can better understand how to control their anger, confront painful memories, cope with real-life situations and move on with their lives and relationships.
Results from our four-year science trial, published in 2020, show breakthrough evidence of the effectiveness of Horse Sense & Healing in helping participants overcome the effects of posttraumatic stress. Participants had been deployed to 15 different conflict zones on their last tour of duty, most commonly Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. This is the first completed study of an animal-assisted therapy program to report statistically significant, clinically meaningful results.
“We have been working with persons suffering from PTSI, over the course of six separate workshops each year. The results are coming in, and the outcome is fantastic. We have people laughing and getting back to a normal life who have been afflicted with PTSI for upwards of 35 years,” says Monty Roberts. “All the way from Vietnam to Afghanistan, your local Police Station to the Ambulance Driver these injured heroes come home in a terrible state and need our help to reconnect with their communities. The horses are doing their work with incredible efficiency.”