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A Word About Equine Therapy For Veterans


Ray Knell, left, and Ben Masters cross the Thoroughfare River in Yellowstone National Park.
Ray Knell, left, and Ben Masters cross the Thoroughfare River in Yellowstone National Park.


We know that about twenty Veterans per day commit suicide. We know that Veterans’ families often times face daunting difficulties at home while servicemen are deployed and too often things only get worse once the Veteran returns home.

Some folks do wonderful things to help. I want to thank Lyle Rapacki, Ph.D., of Sentinel Intelligence Services for sending a couple of remarkable videos to us. These brief videos give us a glimpse into parts of the psychology of reorienting to life after military service – using Equine Therapy. We wish all our Veterans who want, need, or seek help in healing the hidden wounds of the soul could have access to this sort of therapy.  We are thankful that some do.

Equine Therapy

Oath Keepers wants to salute all who have served. Thank YOU for your service. The people of America appreciate your service even if the damned Federal government doesn’t. May God bless each of you on active duty, and especially when you join the ranks of all who have served before your time at arms — the American Veterans. We hope this day which has been set aside to honor your service is a truly blessed day.

Please enjoy these videos.

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Elias Alias, editor, USMC Viet Nam Veteran


Elias Alias

Editor in Chief for Oath Keepers; Unemployed poet; Lover of Nature and Nature's beauty. Slave to all cats. Reading interests include study of hidden history, classical literature. Concerned Constitutional American. Honorably discharged USMC Viet Nam Veteran. Founder, TheMentalMilitia.Net



  1. 22 a day and also active duty . Heartbreaking. . What. Is happening. . To cause them to hit their bottom.. are they awake. Feeling guilty. Betrayed? I’ve heard the degree of taking ones life is a measure of the pain they suffure.

  2. Thank you for your service to our nation, it IS appreciated.

    The best thing for the inside of a person is the outside of a horse and, I believe, all (pet) animals help that way as they are affectionate in their own way.

    America used and cared for animals throughout her time – beginnings to present most of the world did. They (animals) work for and with us, from plowing the fields, hunting alongside of us, packing our camps/meat back, taking care that the pests do not destroy food supplies, delivering mail, travel, even in battles, defense of homes and families, just plain affection, etc.

  3. I know what you mean Cal. I couldn’t watch the videos (dial up) but I felt relaxed just staring at the pictures for a while. My wife and I have never owned a horse, but have gone on wilderness adventures on horse back and by out selves back packing when my back used to work.AHHHHH, good for the soul.

  4. Elias, thanks for the article. Perhaps you could do a follow up article with the names and websites of organizations that provide this life saving therapy? Here in Arizona we have an organization call the Horse Rhythm Foundation. They can be contacted through their website…

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