Saddles of Joy helps local vet fight PTSD

A local non-profit – Saddles of Joy – is helping a local veteran with post tramatic stress disorder.

Army veteran Amanda Scott likes to spend her days cleaning and brushing horses at Saddles of Joy – a local non-profit offering therapeutic horseback rides.

But Amanda isn’t riding the horses, she’s cleaning them to help her cope with stress, anxiety, and  depression.

She says it stemmed from when she enlisted in 2001 and then went to Iraq in 2003.

During her time away,  she was medically evacuated.. and now suffers from multiple symptoms.

Amanda says stress would get so bad, she would even get seizures.

But during the past month, while she’s out at Saddles of Joy,  she forgets she even has a problem at all.

Along with Saddles of Joy, Amanda does undergo other therapy sessions to treat her PTSD, but grooming horses at Saddles of Joy is by far her favorite method.

Max Tarlton will have a full report on KYMA’s Early Edition at 5 p.m.

About The Author

Max Tarlton is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist currently reporting and producing for KYMA News 11. Max comes to Yuma from Chicago where he worked as a news writer for WGN News. He’s also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Max is excited to be a part of the KYMA team. Catch him in action on “Sunrise” every morning at 6 a.m. If you have a story idea, don’t hesitate to reach out: or on twitter: @MaxTarlton

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