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Rescued Miniature Horses to Provide Therapy for Wounded Veterans

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(Published Friday, July 7, 2017)

A riding center in Ramona is bringing together miniature horses saved from slaughter and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) in a program that helps heal all involved.

The Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center adopted two miniature horses on Thursday, and will use them in its program Operation Saddle Up, which provides therapy to wounded service members and veterans suffering from PTSD, according the center.

The miniature horses were rescued from slaughter in a Texas auction house by P.A.W. 4 The Foundation, an animal rescue organization founded by Charlotte Olhausen. 

According to Cornerstone, the horse therapy provided through Operation Saddle Up has brought an 85 percent decrease in suicidal thoughts, 75 percent decrease in PTSD and 90 percent decrease in anxiety for those veterans enrolled in their program.

Operation 'Git-Meow' Rescues Feral Cats from Gitmo

[NATL] Operation 'Git-Meow' Rescues Feral Cats from Gitmo

A South Carolina couple is giving 25 feral cats from Guantanamo Bay a forever home in the Carolinas with Operation Git-Meow. Glynn Meade, who spearheaded Operation Git-Meow, said there are more than 500 feral cats in Gitmo. 

(Published Friday, July 7, 2017)

In addition to helping service members, Cornerstone said the horses will be used to help children with special needs and serve as program ambassadors throughout the community once they are trained.