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Families connect with culture through equine therapy

 


HOLLY MICHELS

Billings Gazette

BILLINGS (AP) — Shelly Fyant from Arlee painted circles around the eyes of a horse named Big Medicine.

“The circle gives us a clear vision so we can see our enemy,” she said.

The enemy Fyant is talking about is methamphetamine. She and a dozen others gathered at a horse barn west of Billings to learn about equine-assisted therapy and the role it can play in recovery. The event was held in conjunction with a meeting of the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leadership Council to address what is being called an epidemic of meth abuse on Montana’s reservations.

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