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From battle wounds to childhood loss, horses used for healing in New Jersey

Posted: 7:31 AM, Sep 19, 2014
Updated: 2014-09-19 08:49:54-04

(PIX11) -- Horses are healing in New Jersey.

“For those who really do not want to talk about it, the horses are able to communicate on another level that provides peace and trust,” said Spring Reins of Life, an equine therapy program in the Garden State.

Teens who are having trouble navigating the tumult of high school. Young children who have a hard time processing the death of a loved one. Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and are at risk of becoming one of 23 military members who take their own lives every day.

These are the populations that turn to equine therapy for help healing.

Run entirely by volunteers, the organization relies on funding and spends nearly 90 percent of that funding on services and programs that are free to all.

Proving equine therapy to veterans with PTSD for two years, Spring Reins of Life is the first of its kind in New York and New Jersey to earn the EAGALA Military Services Provider Certificate.

The stables are located at Foxx Creek Farm at 281 Longhill Road in Hillsborough, NJ.

A fundraiser is set for Oct. 26 to support the organization. Click here to learn how you can get involved.