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The PEACH Pit and Spirit’s Quest partner to provide equine-assisted psychotherapy, learning sessions, camps and demonstrations in Middle Georgia.

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Paige Jobe of Spirit’s Quest, second from left, and Gwendolyn Coley of The PEACH Pit, in green, discuss equine-assisted psychotherapy with the Georgia Post Review team. Click image to play (28:22).

Fundraiser: Put some weight behind “Thank you for your service”

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Hey exercise enthusiasts, have you ever said, “Thank you for your service”? Well, here’s a chance to truly thank our Veterans and active duty servicemembers.

The Horsepower and Heroes Heavyweight Hack is your chance for a great day of working out while raising money to bring Veterans to The PEACH Pit for a free two-day retreat. All (that’s 100 percent ) of the proceeds will go to fund The PEACH Pit’s Horsepower and Heroes Retreat on Nov. 10-12, 2017.

This fundraiser will include team and individual workouts of the day, with prizes to the Top 3 teams and Top Weights with words "put some weight behind that you for your service.male and female. Registration is $160 per team (two men and one woman per team), and $45 for individual competitors. Additionally, proceeds from T-shirt sales will help fund the retreat.

Register by 10 p.m. April 30 and get 5 percent off (code HAHX).

Why are we doing this? Well, it’s our way of giving back. Our primary goal at The PEACH Pit, founded by a Veteran, is to provide affordable, low cost mental health counseling to all clients, especially our living heroes, our Veterans and servicemembers.

Sadly, a 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs report indicates that about 20 Veterans commit suicide daily. We want to do our part to prevent those deaths. To that end, The PEACH Pit is selecting Veterans from a pool of applicants for the free two-day outdoors retreat at our farm site in Georgia.

The fundraiser was the idea of The PEACH Pit board chair’s son, a CrossFit enthusiast and Army helicopter pilot.

By the way, a hack, in horse terms, is a short trail ride, generally at a leisurely pace. In nonhorse language, it’s an efficient way of achieving a goal.

You’re the heavyweights, we have the horses and the goal is to raise money. Register today for the Horsepower and Heroes Heavyweight Hack.

If you know of a Veteran interested in attending our Horsepower and Heroes Retreat, have them check out that event.

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Students with severe Asperger’s gets help from a horse

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As you know, animal therapy is a highly effective way for people to deal with traumatic experiences and other difficulties. Some veterans from war have found life easier with service animals for therapeutic reasons.

But a ground-breaking form of animal therapy using horses has recently been shown to help young people with Asperger’s really cope with their intense symptoms.

Over the last few years, awareness around autism has increased. You probably know the common traits of autistic individuals like difficulty in engaging socially, increased anxiety when faced with new situations, and higher levels of sensitivity. Asperger’s is a form of autism.

While autistic individuals can often have highly developed talents in some areas of their lives, it can be extremely challenging for them to experience success if they are unable to navigate the daily social interactions required of everyone.

Animal therapy has helped autistic individuals cope with their anxiety very successfully. While mostly using dogs, horse therapy offers people the opportunity to learn more about social cues and non-verbal communication.

Horses, like people with Asperger’s, are very sensitive and anxious. Because they’re a prey animal, horses instinctually keep their eyes open for danger and threats.

For this very reason, autistic individuals can learn how to manage their own feelings and reactions by working with the horses.