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Berks farm helps veterans, first responders with PTSD

TULPEHOCKEN TWP., Pa. – When you arrive at Hidden Pearl Farm in Tulpehocken Township, you’ll find land as far as the eye can see and thoroughbred horses scattered across the landscape.

“We are a jumper barn,” said farm owner Nick Edmunds. “We produce jumping horses.”

Edmunds served in the British Army during the Gulf War in 1991. During peacetime, he was the stables officer of a cavalry regiment in the United Kingdom.

The farm is much more than a place for these animals to roam and relax after they retire from the race track. It’s a place where they have a very important job to do, and that’s to help active military veterans and first responders find a sense of peace. But their abilities help people jump all kinds of hurdles.

“I’m a rape survivor and a victim of domestic abuse,” Simpson said. “Without [the horses], I could almost guarantee I wouldn’t be here.”

“You don’t always know that you’re struggling with something, but I’ll tell you what, the horses know,” said active National Guardsman Stephannie Richards.

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