NATIONAL CITY – Pegasus Springs Therapeutic Riding Center (TRC) in National City will welcome Northeast Michigan U.S. Military Veterans affected by PTSD, anxiety or depression for a free, half-day retreat.

The event will go on from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 2, and it will also feature a healthy meal.

Organizers note that a team, including a licensed therapist and equine specialists, will guide the group utilizing horses, trails and peaceful surroundings, in finding answers in addressing their personal struggles – whether as a result of combat or personal trauma. All veterans are encouraged to attend, and should have a referral from their Veterans Affairs therapist. 

Those from the TRC also point out that space is limited for the retreat.

According to Pegasus Springs’ Founder/Executive Director Barb Clare, since last year, the center has introduced more than 30 individuals to its Huron Heroes & Horses military program, using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Veterans from Iosco and surrounding counties, veterans service officers and a member of the grant and contract office at the Veterans Affairs Agency in Lansing have all visited Pegasus Springs to either participate or learn more about the program.

“Our final six-week session ended last week, and the upcoming retreat will conclude our season. Many veterans have found healing and the tools to use in addressing their traumas,” Clare said.

“Our program sessions will begin again in May 2022,” she also advised.

Any questions regarding the program or the retreat should be directed to Clare by calling 820-1787. More information is available, as well, at

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