What people are saying about HRF
My time spent with horse rhythm foundation isn’t easy to put into a few sentences. I could go on and on about how this organization has changed my life and changed my outlook on basically everything I encounter on a daily basis. I spent most of my time with Major an outstanding horse that shared similar characteristics with me. Spending as much time with him as I did I learned very quickly what made him mad what made him happy and how to act around him. He also learned a lot about me we worked together to make a solid relationship. It wasn’t easy but we both put in the effort to learn about each other and became best friends in the matter of 3 short weeks. Without the help of Sahika Riley, Karen and John Locke, and Michael Proscia, none of this would have been possible. I owe so much to these individuals and to the foundation. I strongly recommend this program to all who feel like it would help. Thank you!!
At first I wasn’t so sure about the whole PTSD thing. I’m no war hero I’m just a cop. I’ve only broken both hands, more toes than I can count, been in multiple shootings, was T-boned at 55 mph, stared into the eyes of a suspect from 12 inches as my partner shot him in the head, and seen more abused and killed children than anyone should see. I couldn’t have PTSD… but I did. The incidents that brought me to this discovery have been bitter and I had no idea I was seen and perceived as so intense by others when I thought I was laid back. Seeing a therapist, taking medications, relaxing these are all good things but they are very slow and in my humble opinion have difficulty penetrating to the innermost broken parts. I went to the Horse Rhythm Foundation with an understanding of the underlying principle but with no true appreciation for how effective the methods truly are. When you are caught in the morass of this condition, plagued with issues of self-worth, exhaustion, super vigilance and paranoia your appraisal of things can be confused and overshadowed with suspicion. The genuine desire to help others comes through so clearly from the members of the Foundation but the true miracle of their services is the therapy with the horses. I live a high-speed life and being forced to deal with this issue with the traditional snail pace is abysmal. The use of the horses gives you a true insight as to where you are in what was previously impenetrable mist and for the first time in a long time I think I can actually feel some emotions. While it is hard to gauge the progress you make from within yourself, I am reassured that there have been major improvements as the relationship with my three year old boy has changed dramatically and it is the Foundation I have to thank for that – not the pills.
When I started at Horse Rhythm Foundation(HRF) I had tried “one-on-one” and group therapies for my depressive and other mental health disorders with little progress. So I had nothing to lose by trying equine therapy. Isolation was one of my biggest hurdles as well as a poor self esteem. In the beginning the horses ,to me, were very intimidating. Horses are large animals and I was terrified. I always hated being hugged and touched, but now, many months later I enjoy being close to them and hugging them, and I don’t even mind if they nudge me with their noses. Being around them is such a calming feeling. Since HRF I am on the road to getting my life back .I don’t isolate as much and I can now understand why I feel the way I do, and to start to change things in my life. HRF has been a life saver to me. If it wasn’t for the horses and volunteers, I don’t believe I would be here today. They have taught me that I am a good person who deserves a life and to be loved.
The Horse Rhythm Foundation reaches out to those who not only have Served in the Military but also their Families. Because this foundation was founded by military they understand what we go through and the difficulties of sharing our experiences. In a relaxed outdoor setting and having horses to help
identify, cope and assist in decision making, allows communications and transitioning an emotional yet beneficial experience.