Circle of Veterans Ranch is a FL nonprofit that uses horses to help soldiers cope with PTSD; founder believes serenity helped him with his own struggle.
Tice Ridley, a decorated U.S. war veteran, drew a deep, cleansing breath as he considered the view through large, floor-to-ceiling windows at the Circle of Veterans Ranch. In the near distance, a pair of miniature horses, Shooter and Rikki, passed their time in the shade of a large tree, as Spirit, a mild-mannered Appaloosa, sauntered in the sun.... 'This view,' Ridley said, 'is what sold me on the place.' Ridley hopes the ranch will be visited regularly by military veterans like himself, those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — a place where veterans and their families can heal." -- Geoff Fox, the Tampa Tribune