I suffer from PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. I found that it [Out Side In Stables] was unlike any barn I’ve ever been too. I found progress and comfort with this treatment which is something I’ve never experienced before. Treatment is uncomfortable, and this is the first time I wasn’t uncomfortable or anxious. I’ve felt out of control for years when it came to my anxiety/depression and the PTSD, and my first session at OSI my therapist made a very valid point – I was in control of a 1200 lb animal. I immediately saw the connection in my own life. What keeps me coming back to Out Side In is the progress I have made in my life. The therapist. The horses. The entire experience and desire to triumph over my mental health disorders is what keeps me coming back. I couldn’t have found a better place for treatment.
"I came to Out Side In Stables consumed by the darkness of my past of abuse and neglect. I had found the perfect foster mom but even then I still felt worthless...like I was drowning. The horses and my therapist at Out Side In were like a candle in the darkness. I have come so far and found so much hope. I am excited about my life now!Out Side In continues to light my way as I walk through my past trauma and my day to day struggles. My therapy horse Mozart and my therapist still help me so much!"
Working with my therapist and the horses has helped me believe in life again and fall back in love with myself. I've accomplished things that I never thought was possible. To this day, I am still making strides I never thought was possible. I couldn't have done it without Lexie, my therapist, and the therapy horses (especially Gator, Diva, and Mambo)!" -
Out Side In and it's [Veteran's] equine therapy program gave me a reason to put my boots on in the morning. As a combat veteran of Vietnam, the horses help me to recover from my past. When I saw the unbelievable progress of my first horse, Eddie, I saw that miracles were possible. As a former Social Worker, Out Side In has allowed me to continue to meet and work with Veterans of all conflicts. Our love of horses, and Country, are the bonds that tie us together. I cannot say enough good things about Out Side In's professional and caring staff. I have felt supported always in my long journey to recovery. Together, I believe in hope - not just for a horse - but perhaps for 'just' a broken man as well.
I was depressed and suicidal. My social anxiety got in the way of traditional therapy as nothing made me more nervous than sitting and having someone look at me and ask questions. Out Side In was different. Instead of sitting in a room with someone looking at me, I was actively doing something with the horse and I could look at and focus on the horse. This made me less anxious so I could get the help I needed from my awesome therapist. I no longer have the daily suicidal thoughts and severe depression, but I actually want to live! I'm so thankful to God and Out Side In for saving my life!"
"I can see the relevance of personal growth and healing through instruction, touching, loving, and knowing a four legged creature called, the horse. One can spiritually become so involved with a horse that you are continually in a dark place until Danielle says "tack up and let's get started with your lesson." What joy and excitment comes over this senior citizen when hearing these words. I give a quiet prayerful response of thank you ,God with tears in my eyes. My husband of 52 years passed away last year and I honor him by bringing life back into my existance. I can claim I am on my way to healing through the special touch of a horse. Thank you Danielle and Jen for so many things and especially your patience."
“The horses just make me a happier person, I have learned to be happier not only at the barn but also when I am at school and home. I just love horses and have since I started going out there. The horses have helped me communicate my feelings and Jennifer McVoy has also helped me learn how to do this. She has explained things to me that help me understand how to communicate. I just love the horses to death they have made me a lot happier.”
"I have been to traditional therapies, with multiple therapists and I just feel the connection I made with the horses and the approach Out Side In takes allows me to go to another level in dealing with moving forward and healing myself inside and becoming a stronger person."