All week long wounded warriors from throughout Colorado have been in Montrose for Mission No Barriers. From jeeping to rafting to horseback riding, veterans with disabilities grasped the world with new reigns.
It is all part of the Welcome Home Montrose mission to make Montrose a no barriers city for our veterans.
On Sunday, veterans worked with therapy horses at the Montrose Therapeutic Riding Center.
Army veteran John Whitaker described the experiences as, "Overwhelming peace, it's peace of soul."
"This has been a week of realization that there are still things I can do," said Air Force Veteran Terri Cox.
Each veteran has a story to tell, and unique challenges to conquer on the path ahead.
"I have PTSD and a TBI, also have some busted up knees and a busted up lower back. For a while it was very depressing. When the injuries were fresh I could barely do anything, didn't want to socialize didn't want to get out. it's a dark place I don't care to go back to," said Whitaker.
However, the more they connected with these therapy horses, the less they thought about their disabilities.
"Invigorating is an understatement. They've been real patient with me," said Whitaker.
"All us veterans all have our own challenges. Either it being a cognitive thing or a physical thing. We all need that release," Cox said.
"It's been a long time since I've been on a horse and I forgot how good it is," said Whitaker.
While challenges remain, these veterans are leaving Montrose with a new sense of empowerment, a new sense of hope.
For more information on the Montrose Therapeutic Riding Center, click here
In addition to helping those with disabilities, the organization also strives to assist families and caretakers.