Eye on Texas: The Broken Wheel Ranch Project

In Bonham, veterans struggling with PTSD can experience equine therapy.

Liz Moskowitz

In Bonham, veterans struggling with PTSD can experience equine therapy.

Liz Moskowitz

I visited the Broken Wheel Ranch Project in the North Texas town of Bonham, where veterans struggling with PTSD can experience equine therapy. Mel Mincey, a former Veterans Affairs nurse and lifelong horse enthusiast, opened the ranch in 2010. As many as 30 percent of veterans experience PTSD, and an emerging body of research suggests that equine therapy can be a powerful healing tool. Dozens of veterans come to the ranch each year to build trust and confidence by caring for and riding the horses.

“A lot of the horses that are donated, they’re broken and they come out here, and they heal,” said army veteran Jack Brown, pictured here. “And in the process of them healing, they heal us … And so this is my spot. This is where I know love is an action word.”

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Liz Moskowitz is a documentary photographer and storyteller based in Austin.


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