Local stable uses horses as therapy for veterans battling PTSD
DENMARK (WLUK) -- It has become therapy for Tim Brewer of Mishicot to work with horses like Jimmy.
Their interaction is healing wounds that can't be seen by the eye.
"If gives you as a returning vet, another purpose," said Brewer.
Brewer, who suffers from PTSD, has found hope through Horses4Heroes.
It is a national program that uses horses to help veterans deal with post war trauma.
In Brown County, Moonlit Meadows Performance Horses in Denmark has embraced the program.
"We became a horses for heroes' affiliate in 2012, in essence just try to give back to the community, to our veterans," said Mandi Mincheski, stable owner.
Brewer is retired from the National Guard.
He says after returning home in 2013, from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, he had a hard time adjusting.
"When you come back home, I have people saying, 'your home, your safe,' it's not a light switch you can't turn it off and on," explained Brewer.
Mincheski says using the horses, as a means of therapy helps veterans to take the time to heal.
"Relax enough for the horse to accept them, and the horse to communicate well with them. It really helps them," she continued.
Brewer has experienced that connection firsthand, "Kind of nudges you, nip at you, or just stand perfectly like Jimmy's doing now, it kind of gives you peace."
It has also given him a new outlook on life, "I got a new job, this is my new job, and it's rewarding."