Project Description

Project Mustang

Grant Award:

Through equine assisted therapies and activities, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding & Horsemanship serves children and adults with disabilities and unique challenges, helping them to achieve a greater quality of life.

WORTH, Warrior’s Own Road To Horsemanship, introduced six years ago, is an award-winning program for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other conditions and challenges. In this six-week program, veterans have the opportunity to gentle wild mustangs.

The work we’re doing in W.O.R.T.H. is now officially and scientifically considered game-changing! Two new studies validate equine therapy’s benefits to veterans with PTSD and quantify the role it is playing. The two studies were run by Baylor University and the University of Missouri-Columbia, respectively, and each showed Clinical Meaningful Change in the PTSD levels of veterans working with horses.

Specifically, the studies revealed a “clinically significant decrease in PTSD symptoms, improved social functioning, vitality, less interference of emotions on daily activities, and increased participation.” Of course, none of this comes as a surprise to us, right?! We’ve been observing those same results since launching W.O.R.T.H.!”.

Rob Seideman

Executive Director

Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship

The Impact 100 grant expands the program to save wild mustangs, but more importantly, to serve 300 veterans annually suffering from PTSD as part of a proven alternative treatment where the veterans train mustangs for traditional equine therapy roles.  The Impact 100 funds will build a second round pen for mustang training, impact over 400 veterans in 2 years, and research the effects of equine therapy in response to PTSD in partnership with the Ft. Thomas VA.