New Facility to House Equine-Assisted Therapy for Veterans | Wisconsin News

By EDGAR MENDEZ of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Army veteran Glenn Scheuermam says his post-traumatic stress dysfunction causes him to have panic and nervousness assaults. For years, he’s acquired in and out-patient therapy.

But it was one other kind of remedy, this one aided by a really giant co-therapist, that has lastly helped him discover peace.

“Working with horses helps me with my breathing and my relaxation. This has by far been the greatest help for me,” stated Scheuermam, who feeds, grooms and performs different chores with horses as a part of his equine-assisted psychotherapy.

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Scheuermam is a volunteer at MKE Urban Stables, a brand new $5.6 million facility that homes the remedy program. His hope is that others additionally will give the therapy a attempt.

“Anybody and everybody could benefit from this,” he stated, as he walked one of many specialised helpers by means of the steady, positioned at 143 E. Lincoln Ave. “I wish I had found this world of horses years ago.”

MKE Urban Stables is working with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center to present therapeutic and volunteer alternatives for different veterans.

Youths additionally will obtain therapy there quickly, stated Heather Kahl, clinic and group useful resource supervisor for Rawhide Youth Services, which gives equine-assisted remedy at different areas all through the state. It will present providers to younger individuals three days every week at MKE Urban Stables.

Kahl stated equine remedy may be efficient as a result of it gives providers exterior a standard therapist’s workplace.

“That can help them work through issues that maybe they’re not as comfortable talking about in that type of setting,” she stated. “Sometimes using a horse as a co-therapist helps people share stories.”

Those who obtain remedy will work with 15-year-old Coy or 25-year-old Coco, who like different equine-therapy horses, have a particular means to assist these in want.

“They can sense everything, even your anxiety,” Scheuermam stated. “But they have a way to help you relax and feel better. These guys really opened up my heart.”

Because many city youths have restricted or no expertise with horses, the thought is to take every session slowly till they develop into extra comfy, Kahl stated.

“We might have one session where they observe a horse, and then maybe next time they get to feed them or give them a treat,” she stated, including that their therapists are also skilled equine handlers.

In addition, the steady may also welcome Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps college students from Hamilton High School within the fall, stated Kent Lovern, chief deputy district lawyer for Milwaukee County and president of the MKE Urban Stables board of administrators. The college students will carry out group service.

Lovern was a member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee when the thought for the stables originated six years in the past. At the time, the group was trying to discover a everlasting house for the Milwaukee Police Department’s Mounted Patrol horses, he stated, however members steered that the placement embody horse remedy as properly.

Located two blocks east of Milwaukee Police Department’s District 2 headquarters on West Lincoln Avenue, the steady is the primary within the nation to pair police horses with remedy horses for use by the bigger group. The steady additionally has a big group room and indoor area, which is able to present house for interactions between the group and police, Lovern added.

“This is a location where police and community members can engage with one another when they’re not in a crisis setting,” he stated.

The group just lately started a search for an govt director. Lovern stated that particular person will take over day-to-day administration of the steady and lead fund growth.

That place will probably be supported by means of a $100,000 grant from Bader Philanthropies.

Bridgett Gonzalez, program officer for Bader Philanthropies, stated having the ability within the coronary heart of the town is essential given the influence of COVID-19 pandemic on psychological well being.

“The pandemic has heightened the need for mental health services in the community,” she stated. “Having a specialized form of treatment is an added benefit because not everyone receives therapy in the same way.”

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