Rider and Volunteer Testimonials
I have struggled with PTSD, anxiety and panic attacks for 10 years. I
have not had a great understanding of what they were or what was going
on with me during those 10 years. I stumbled upon Rainier Therapeutic
Riding last year almost by accident and began riding in the program in
January. I have had more progress in dealing with my PTSD, Anxiety and
Panic Attacks in the 6 months I have been riding here than I have in 10
years. I am very grateful that God allowed me to stumble upon this
program so that I could begin the healing process that I so desperately
needed for 10 years. I look forward to my time with my horse each week and I
crave the company of Elisia, Erin and all of the other
instructors and volunteers each week. Getting to know some of the other
riders and realizing that I am not the only one dealing with this and
that we are all struggling the same really helps. Thank You for all that
this program is doing and will do for me in the future. I can never
repay you for the life you have given back to me.
RTR has been such a blessing in my life over the last several months. Working with my horse really brings out the best in me. For those few hours a week, it doesn't matter what else is going on in my life because I know that going there, I am going to feel good, relaxed and welcome by everyone there. I wish this type of program was available to me in 2007-08 when I was severely struggling with PTSD. It could have really helped me prevent some bad behavior and mistakes that have cost me dearly in the past. I am greatful that now, this program is one more tool I can use to combat the effects of my PTSD and Anxiety disorder in the long-run. Thank you very much RTR!!!
Today Matt shared with me that he is really happy to be a part of the Rainier Therapeutic Riding. This is a positive change in his life, one that fills me with joy. He has been struggling terribly over the past four years and has not been able to find anything that brings him happiness. It is so wonderful to know that has purpose and hope.
I can't thank you enough for all that you and your staff are doing to help vets like my son. Thank you so much.
If there is a better way to spend a Monday, I don't know what it is. Today was one of the most relaxing days I have had in a long time. Thank you to all the people that make this happen. -Matt
I just wanted to stop by and express how much you guys have done for me... I came into this project not knowing really what to expect. I never thought it would help me this much.
I came into it still paralyzed from the knee down on my right leg, walking on a cane with severe PTSD and anxiety from my deployment. And now after just the past 9 weeks of working with the horses and volunteering at the stables I am now much happier emotionally, walking without a cane and as of last week I am able to lift my leg 45 degrees backwards...
You guys are so incredibly amazing. Each and every one of you. Thank you so much for starting this program. There are no words to describe how grateful I am of you guys and your hard work and dedication to helping us wounded soldiers. - Dean Baker
Thank you so much for including Petru and I in this wonderful experience. We had a good time raising money for RTR and learned lots about horsemanship. I will never be able to thank you enough... - Tina