VIDEO: Green Beret and Army veteran Ray Knell was a broken man with PTSD and severe anxiety when he returned home from Afghanistan. His trust in humans was gone. A friend introduced him to backcountry horsemanship, and the wilderness and animal relationship gave him hope and peace of mind. To inspire others to use wilderness and horses to overcome their struggles, Knell embarked on a 1,000-mile ride along the Continental Divide with Mustang Sally and two mules, Top Gun and Magic. Filmmaker Ben Masters joined Knell through Yellowstone to see the grandeur of our country’s first national park and to witness the importance of conserving wilderness to heal ourselves.
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DIRECTOR: Phillip Baribeau
PRODUCERS: Ben Masters and Phillip Baribeau
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Phillip Baribeau
EDITOR: Scott Chestnut and Phillip Baribeau
AUDIO MIXER: William Lake Spingstead
PHOTOGRAPHER: Michael Ciaglo and Ben Masters
SPECIAL THANKS: Heros and Horses, Ray Knell, Micah Fink, and Ryan Neel
With Horses’ Help, Army Veteran Finds Healing in Yellowstone | National Geographic