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Traumatized veterans find relief on horseback

Traumatized veterans find relief on horseback

William Clevenger remembers clearly when he began to believe he could regain control over his life: It was the moment last year that he mastered the rising trot while riding a dappled gray Percheron named Dakota.

In the decade since Clevenger returned to the U.S. from Iraq, where he served three tours as a sergeant in the Marine Corps, he suffered from combat-induced hyper-vigilance. In 2006, he was diagnosed with adult leukemia and almost died. He became so depressed he had a hard time leaving his room. The only way he could calm his anxiety was by getting drunk.

"I couldn't connect with people," he said. "I withdrew from everyone. I was trying to muscle...