This Story written by Eythan Rosel , a young lad of 18 years old who went through mental health break down due to been bullied at his work place, and relationship breakdown, and now on the road of recovery
In the last couple of months my life went from meaningless to so fully of meaning and purpose and I just want to thank everyone who has helped me and made me realise there is actually a light at the end of the tunnel , that I need to keep striving to be better. I moved back home and got my apprenticeship up here In chch thanks to mum amazing mum (Stacey)I’ve done things I never thought I could do like ride a Fucken horse 😂 I was shit scared of them but thanks to dad (Cain) and Terry I overcame that fear and have found my passion and my talent ( some might say 😂😂) and friendship with half a tonne animal (shamus)I’ve rebuilt my bmw e36 pretty much by myself, I’ve travelled with my mates(Ebony etc) to places I’ve never been or have been I’ve made true friends, dropped toxic people out of my life, made the most amazing memorable experiences ever and to think I was ready to take my own life.....! Just thank you all so much for being there for me and putting up with my early life breakdown/series of unfortunate events
My name is James,
I've been a registered mental health nurse since 1996 and moved to New Zealand in 2001.
I have been fortunate to work across both Canterbury and the West Coast DHB in a variety of roles within mental health care.
Currently I am working in the crisis resolution service which is mental health emergency triage and assessment.
Throughout my time and in all clinical settings I have witnessed the often devastating health and social impact of sexual abuse upon everyday people.
Essentially our justice system and prisons are full of men whose childhood was shattered by abuse which often, significantly transforms their world view, the world is no longer a safe place and is not to be trusted.
The result can be marked and prolonged mental health issues, substance addiction and interpersonal difficulties. It becomes hard to form and maintain relationships in a world you no longer trust.
Equine therapy can be a spark to developing trust through a connection of a different kind.
Terry King and I have both observed the initial trepidation, forced bravado and sense of awe that has accompanied the guys when their equine journey begins.
As we build on the development of a horse and rider relationship it's amazing to watch the change in tone and demeanour. Warmth, respect and responsibility are the cornerstones as each member of the group is tasked with the care of their horse and of each team member with whom they travel.
Self respect is our ultimate goal. We believe equine therapy to be a platform for having respect for others and hopefully a shift in the world view that leads to positive outcomes for all involved.
Registered mental health nurse, dip Ed
Shared from the 9/15/2022 North Canterbury News eEdition
Horses helping change lives
By JOHN COSGROVE
The single act of learning to ride a horse has changed the life of Eythan Rosel of Waikuku Beach.
“Learning how to form a bond with an animal, to trust them and to learn how to care for them has really changed my life for the better,” said 20 year›old Eythan.
“Horses reflect how you feel and when I was referred to Terry Kingi’s Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Mounted Trust’s rehab equine programme three years ago by my dad, I was not in a good place as a teenager.”
Eythan says he was initially scared of horses but the programme showed him how to understand animals, how to ride safely and how to approach life with a lot more confidence.
This new confidence and the life skills he has learnt with the Trust has allowed him to complete an apprenticeship as a line man.
“I would never have believed I could do it three years ago and look at me now, it’s all thanks to Terry and the guys at the Trust,” he says.
One of his many highlights was taking part in Anzac Day parades.
“I was riding to represent the fallen soldiers, and it was very emotional for me doing that, I felt so proud to be there riding on a horse.”
Eythan still travels up to St James Station near Hanmer Springs most weekends to help the trust and help deliver its riding programmes.
The Anzac Mounts Equine Rehab Unit equine therapy programme is a new and innovative approach torelax, expand, and to encourage enough interest for participants to step outside their comfort zones and challenge themselves with something new, different and interesting.
It’s aimed at men and older boys suffering mental difficulties, especially those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from having served in the Military.
Foundation Trustee Terry Kingi says the innovative programme was successfully trialled overseas and works by participants taking responsibility for the care of a trusting horse (a big animal) and building a bond based on trust, touch, care and respect.
“Those participating in the programme are stepping away from a passive position to a much stronger place where they are controlling their own destiny.
“For the thousands of years horses and men have worked in unison and this has saved both the men and horses mental health, creating a special bond that has been recognised to aid both.
“When we get the young lads into horse riding, we love to see the huge smiles they produce after just a short time in the saddle.
“They grow in leaps and bounds, and have lots of fun doing something they never thought they would ever get the chance to do, and for me that is best reward ever!”
Terry says the culmination of the participants efforts and the continued support by numerous agencies over the past 12 months, led to a display team entered into Pegasus Adult Riding Club’s 40›year celebration ribbon day at the Rangiora Showgrounds on Sunday.
“Taking the time to teach modern horsemanship, and applying it to the well being of the future of the team, has strengthen the Trust’s resolve to continue their work,” says Terry.