Photo credit: Donna & Cisco, Rainier Therapeutic Riding
After war, service members find peace on horseback
“Service members turn to horses to heal from post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses at Rainier Therapeutic Riding program in Yelm.”
“A white Frederiksborg gelding, Fred is one of the horses in Debbi Fisher’s Rainier Therapeutic Riding program in Yelm, where servicemen are matched with horses they learn to groom and eventually ride.”
“Fisher, 53, has spent 40 years riding and training horses. After her first husband, an Air Force pilot, died in a car crash in 2006, she felt lost.
Seeking a purpose, she knew there was a need for helping soldiers with physical and emotional difficulties, and had heard of the Horses for Heroes program. The idea of starting a program took off after she married Bob Woelk, who became the co-founder,” by Nancy Bartley, Seattle Times staff reporter.