Team members from Eisai Finance met Mark and Amy Steppe, who work with wild mustangs to help their fellow veterans. The mustangs at the
Unbridled Heroes Project (UHP) are rescued from neglected environments. Horses have wonderful long-term memories that store their pain like veterans coping with PTSD.
Mark and Amy shared their powerful story and the personal impact of their time serving in the military. They explained that you need to connect with something outside of yourself when you're lost and in pain. Likewise, these horses need to gain trust, and they require open and honest communication to heal. The non-verbal communication between each veteran and horse ultimately begins the healing process.
This symbiotic connection triggers a response from deep inside where the pain hides. Their anxiety is alleviated, and a sense of purpose is restored. The farm is a magical place where positive energy flourishes and ignites inspiration for all participants.
My team returned from the farm deeply moved and determined to support UHP's great cause. We shared our ideas with senior leadership and developed a plan to help. We provided financial support for the horses' needs and provided consultation for submitting grant proposals. My experience on the farm moved me to action and compelled me to join the Board of Directors at UHP to help them realize their vision in the next phases of growth.