Vince Davidson
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Gulf war veteran's healing horses therapy

A Gulf War veteran from Coldstream has become the first ex-serviceman in Scotland to undergo "horse therapy".

Vince Davidson joined the Army when he was 23. Like his father and grandfather before him, he fought with the King's Own Scottish Borderers, serving in Northern Ireland and the Gulf.

After leaving the military, he developed severe post-traumatic stress disorder and became a recluse, living in his shed for 15 years.

Now he has found a new lease of life after becoming the first veteran in Scotland to undergo 'horse therapy'.

The treatment, set up by the charity Dare to Live, teaches servicemen to master their feelings of anxiety and anger by building trust with horses.

Trainer Sue Brewis, who will be rolling out the scheme in Scotland next year, said: "Horses have an incredible capacity to empathise with people. They can tell if we're happy or sad or angry or frustrated.

"They will then respond appropriately and instantly to us. That feedback that gives people the insight they need to realise that some behaviour needs to change."

BBC Scotland's Emma Ailes went to meet Vince and hear how the treatment has helped him.

  • 13 Nov 2014