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Study involving P.A. area horses examines PTSD treatment for emergency responders

A research study is being done in the Prince Albert area trying to determine whether or not horses can help emergency responders managing PTSD.

Cartier Farms has partnered with McMaster University to see if Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) could be a viable treatment to help with symptoms and improve functionality.

The goal is to get 80 participants split into four different rounds. They will then be split again with one half getting to experience EAL treatment, while the other half does not.

“We’ll figure out if there are differences in those two groups that would suggest that the EAL helped or didn’t help,” said Ashley Williams, postdoctoral fellow with McMaster University’s trauma and recovery unit.

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Lee's Valley View Farm is a 3rd generation farm, and egg farming is their family lifestyle. Rick Lee and his wife Lisa along with their three kids are all involved in the operation, and Rick's mom also helps with chores. Rick's love for restoring cars started when he and his father restored a '73 Charger together. He bought this truck, a 1966 International 1300A, from a neighbour, and in restoring it, Rick wanted to show what the truck would have been like in 1966 if it were an egg delivery truck.