WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—"We established Courage Rock Stable in 2017 as a result of, I am a gold star mother," said Courage Rock Stable Owner, Kim Markham.
After losing her son Seth in 2012 to an apartment fire while serving in the army, Kim found strength and encouragement through working with horses.
"People started seeing a change in me for the good," said Markham.
It was a therapeutic experience for Kim. One she wanted to offer for veterans and first responders.
"We do not charge these folks," said Markham. "They've seen a lot of things. They've been through a lot of stuff."
She said the goal is to bring some comfort and peace to those who have brought comfort and peace to others.
"I have a couple veterans that are actually learning riding skills," said Markham. "We have one gentleman that just likes to feed them apples."
Vice President at Courage Rock Stable and Marine Corps veteran Scott Allen said interacting with these animals has changed his life.
"After a week of work I'll be in a bad mood," said Allen. "I can be out here to walk around horses just to come out here to see them and not even touch them and it calms you down."
During COVID-19 Courage Rock Stable has seen an influx of clients joining the program. Allen said during this time he's proud that our veterans and first responders have an outlet.
"It means to me that I know, that we are helping people," said Allen. "We are helping veterans and first responders."
Kim said it's all about paying it forward.
"We had a veteran that was having a very difficult day and he came out here, to be honest, I think he's alive today because of that one day he came out here. You know what, if it just takes one, we keep going because we know it can help another one."