(WKYT)

By Lileana Pearson

Published: Sep. 30, 2018 at 8:21 PM GMT-4

When you hear therapy animal you might picture a dog, but Reins of Hope said horses are their animal of choice.

"They just bring out the best in you. I think they're a powerful therapeutic tool." Creator Michelle Sharon said.

Sharon has been around horses her whole life and said she has personally seen how they can help.

Steven Ratz is also making Reins of Hope possible. He's a veteran and said he's amazed by horses ability to recognize a person. He said that relationship can provide something constant for a person who is learning to cope with the return to normal life.

"That horse will know that this veteran in his friend and vise-versa so it's a mutual understanding between the horse and the veteran," Ratz said.