Horses Helping Wounded Warriors 

4/14/2010 

   
SGT Seyward McKinney (forefront) and Ms. Cami McCormick
participate in recent equine assisted program at Fort Myer, VA.
 

The U.S. Army Caisson Platoon Equine Assisted Program uses horses from the Caisson Platoon which is part of the U.S. Army's famed Old Guard located at Fort Myer, Virginia.   Soldiers from the platoon provide equine assisted therapy for the Wounded Warriors who are in treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  The two riders shown in the photo are SGT Seyward McKinney (forefront) and Ms. Cami McCormick who is a CBS reporter doing her rehab/recovery at WRAMC. 

Some key benefits of the program are it improves center of balance, improves efficiency in use of prosthesis, improves core muscle group, increases self confidence, and provides a sense of accomplishment and well-being.  The goal is to expand access to the program to veterans through North American Riding for the Handicapped Association facilities across the United States.