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Wounded soldiers at Fort Campbell are turning to Hillenglade Farm for equine-assisted therapy

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Posted at 7:17 AM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 08:58:44-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Soldiers in Fort Campbell's Warrior Transition Batallion are receiving equine-assisted therapy at Hillenglade Farm.

"It's supposed to help us with anxiety," military pediatrician Amanda Zeine said. "With me, it's balance."

Zeine suffered a head injury after a bad fall. Because of that, she hasn't been able to resume her full-time job at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in roughly a year. She is one of several Ft. Campbell soldiers either transitioning back to the force or out of the service as a veteran.

"I'm not really sure where I'm heading yet, but I am working towards returning to duty," Zeine said.

Hillenglade Farm is owned by actress and former Covergirl Jennifer O'Neill. Her father was a prisoner of war in World War II.

"A lot of warriors that want to deploy again don't want to admit they are struggling with some issues," O'Neill said.

O'Neill has been around horses her entire life.

"If you walk in tense... if you walk in angry... they're not going to do what you want them to do. You have to earn trust, communication and you have to be present with a 1,200 pound animal," O'Neill said.

Although Hillenglade is primarily for military and their families, the nonprofit partners with a number of organizations. To learn more about equine-assisted therapy on the farm click here.