Marine celebrates Veterans Day at the Brave Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center
GRAY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT ) – It’s not always easy escaping from problems in life, but Veteran Christopher Karow said he has a place where he can get away, the Brave Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center.
“If I’m having a really bad day, if I’m having a really off day, I just come down here and spend time with horses,” he said.
The horses at the riding center are great listeners for Karow.
“A horse can you know feel what you feel and understand what you. There’s no judgement at all with a horse and so for Veterans there’s a little bit more freedom between a horse and a human,” Karow said.
Karow served in the United State Marine Corps. He got hurt one day training for a new position.
“I was becoming a Aircraft Rescue and Firefighter and then I shattered my knee and now I’m completely noncombat,” he said.
Shannon Thompson is the owner of Brave Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center. She said her horses help people with physical and mental therapy.
“The Veterans, when they come out, it is a way to not think about their problems. It just an escape to enjoy the horses and the environment of the farm,” Thompson said.
And Karow said the farm helps him get through his worst days and it can do the same for other Veterans.
“You don’t really realize it until you’ve left, but i’ll come out here, might spend a couple of hours cleaning up the horse, talking to it, but then after I’m here for a while, I leave, I don’t realize it, but I actually feel better,” Karow said. “I feel more complete. I guess the horses help complete me because I don’t feel like anything else does.”
A Veteran who said the love from a horse keeps him going.