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Saddle Up, Soldier On: Finding Healing Through Horses

Horses and healing have long gone hand-in-hand. Now, thanks to a partnership between the Canadian military, a Toronto riding school, and Toronto’s mounted police unit, horses are helping physically injured and emotionally ill members of Canada’s military recover through equestrian sport. Saddle Up Soldier On is part of the Soldier On initiative, a national Canadian Armed Forces program that uses sport and recreation to help ill and injured members and veterans maintain healthy, active lifestyles, develop new skills, build confidence, and meet peers with similar challenges. Saddle Up Soldier On: A Chance Encounter Saddle Up Soldier On was born out of a chance encounter at the 2011 True Patriot Love Foundation fundraising gala. Walter and Jacquelyn Shanly, co-owners of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Stables and the Riding Academy at the Horse Palace, were seated next to Major Jodi-Jane Longley. Over the course of dinner, Longley asked Walter if he’d be interested in developing…

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