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S.T.A.R.S. horses are used to train new equine-assisted therapy techniques


People receive therapy from all kind of sources, but how many can say they've received it from a horse?

That's the kind of therapy people at the Special Troopers Adaptive Riding school are training to do.

Mental health professionals and others from all over the country gathered today in Sioux City for this one of a kind training that helps put the horse in the healing seat.

Executive Director Stacy Pedersen of S.T.A.R.S. says horses are empathetic and bring things out from people without them even knowing it's therapy.

"The horses don't judge people, they don't know if you have a mental illness or that you are struggling financial or need to see a counselor, they don't know that but they do sense things," Stacy Pedersen, Executive Director at S.T.A.R.S. said.

The training is brought to Sioux City by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association that helps teaches this type of animal-assisted therapy nationwide.

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