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Updated: 01/22/2014 08:00:05AM

Veterans ease post-combat stress with horse therapy

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A veteran works with a horse as part of the University of Central Florida’s Horses for Heroes program designed to help veterans deal with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

By BOB MASSEY

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A growing number of combat veterans in Central Florida are learning to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder with a unique and rewarding type of therapy — horses.

“The idea started out as learning about a class called ‘Medicine and Horsemanship’ that was being taught at Stanford University,” said Dr. Manette Monroe. “That was actually used to help medical students with their bedside manner and with stress related to medical school. When I learned a little more about that, I started reading some more in the literature about what was being done in the community with horses and helping different populations.

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