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NJ Therapy Horse Honored For His Service To Veterans

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Spring Thaw gets some loving from a young client at Spring Reins of Life during his 9-year career as a therapy horse. Credits: courtesy photo
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Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life (SRoL)., was honored posthumously by the Veteran’s Administration with the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor on March 20, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Cake was served in honor of Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life (SRoL)., who would have turned 31 on March 20, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Guests could write messages to Spring Thaw, who was honored by the Veteran’s Administration with the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor on March 20, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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The stall where Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life resided, is decorated with photos and memorabilia of his life. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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A future Spring Reins of Life therapy horse gets treats from a visitor after ceremonies to honor the late, Spring Thaw, who was honored with the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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The Spring Reins of Life herd welcomed visitors after their late herdmate Spring Thaw was honored by the Veteran’s Administration with the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor on March 20, 2017. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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A bagpipe player plays Happy Birthday for Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life, who was honored posthumously with the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor on March, 20, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Bob Seeley plays Taps for Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life who was honored with the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor on March, 20, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Dr. Judith Shoemaker, left, recalls the day she met Christiana Capra, right. and a very sick horse named Spring Thaw during ceremonies held on March 20, 2018 Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Christiana Capra recounts the story of Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life at the presentation of the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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New Jersey State Senator Kip Bateman congratulates Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life as the only Garden State recipient of the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Evan Wadle, representing Congressman Leonard Lance, presents a flag that was flown over Washington, D.C. in honor of Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life, to Christiana Capra. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life is honored by the Veteran’s Administration with the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor on March 20, 2018. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Danny Rongo emcees ceremonies honoring Spring Thaw, the late lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life. Syriana, another therapy herd member surveys the crowd that gathered for the event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Veterans from all branches of the military come to Spring Reins of Life for equine assisted therapy. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Several dozen veterans, volunteers, dignitaries and other supporters gathered on a very chilly March 20, 2018 to honor Spring Thaw, recipient of Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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THREE BRIDGES, N.J. — Several dozen veterans, volunteers, dignitaries and other supporters gathered on a very chilly March 20 to honor a special horse.

Spring Thaw, the lead therapy horse at Spring Reins of Life (SRoL)., was honored by the Veteran’s Administration with the Planetree Therapy Animal Medal of Honor. It would have been the Appaloosa's 31st birthday. Spring was laid to rest on Jan. 20, his old body no longer to withstand tough winters.

Just days after his death, the veterans who had nominated Spring for the award, came to share the news with SRoL co-founder Christianna Capra, that he had won the honor.

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At the ceremony, Capra recounted Spring's story: She was living in New York City and met the horse at Claremount Riding Academy. The temperamental gelding had a penchant "for going AWOL," Capra said. He developed a fool proof technique for dumping his rider. He would then go touring Central Park and other aprts of New York City on his own until he decided to return to his stall. Capra, who was helping out as a groom, purchased the trouble maker.

For several years Spring competed in three-day eventing, but only on his own terms, Capra said. Then he contracted Lyme disease. Capra took him to Dr. Judith Shoemaker. Dr. Shoemaker said Spring was a very ill horse, with an attitude, when she started treating him. The veterinarian noticed the horse was very communicative and suggested he would be good as a equine assisted psychotherapy horse under the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model. 

Thus, Spring became the founding member of the SRoL therapy herd. In the nine years since then, Spring has helped more than 700 veterans from the N.J. VA Healthcare System as well as local combat veterans in New Jersey cope with PTSD. Many of whom referred to him as ‘The General or Grandpa. Spring also work with troubled youth, one of whom asked if the horse had Jedi powers, thus earning him another nickname, "JediHorse."

The horse seemed to have a sixth sense when around people. He always wanted to get right down to business, even if it made the people uncomfortable, Capra said. While interacting with the clients, Spring helped them see inside themselves so they could heal.

Congressman Leonard Lance could not be in attendance as he is in Washington, D.C. but he arranged to have a flag flown at the Capitol in honor of Spring Thaw. That flag was then presented to Capra by Evan Wadle in the Congressman's absence.

Only 15 service animals in the country are being awarded the Medal of Honor. A national ceremony will be held in October in Maryland. 

“Spring's life left a life marker on countless clients in the nine years he spent working his JediHorse magic in our EAP arena. We are so blessed to have had his guidance and wisdom shared so freely,” Capra said.

The program is offered free to veterans ans supported by donations and fundraising. A Comedy Night fundraiser is planned for April 21 at the Flemington Elks. See https://www.facebook.com/events/569079180138320/ for details.

See www.springreinsoflife.org for more information about SRoL.

SRoL Mission Statement:

Spring Reins of Life is dedicated to promoting psychological healing, emotional well-being and personal growth using the skills of mental health professionals and the guided assistance of horses.  For thousands of years there has been a unique bond between humans and horses, it is our mission to enhance and leverage this bond to reach those individuals who are suffering from the effects of trauma, loss, drug addiction and/or the combined stressors and obstacles set forth by either circumstance or societal confines.

The primary populations that Spring Reins of Life works to serve are At Risk Youth, Military Veterans and their Families, and Bereaved Children.

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