Our mission

We help vulnerable young people to overcome mental health struggles, through Equine Assisted Therapy with retired racehorses.

Mental health issues are affecting more and more young people.

From depression, anxiety and disengagement; through to low self-esteem, self-harm and suicide – we’re reaching crisis point.

No-one is born ready to cope with all the things that life can throw at us. So often, we need tools to help us manage what goes on in our minds. And our children need this now, more than ever.

That’s why Rehab4Rehab is on a unique and innovative mission.

Children and teens are able to benefit from clinical psychology without having to step into a clinical setting.

What Is Equine Therapy?

Equine Assisted Therapy incorporates horses into the therapeutic process. This might involve
structured activities such as grooming, groundwork and mounted sessions, as well as non-structured
activities that focus on the relationship between the young person and the horse; exploring how the
emotional state and behaviour of the human might impact the horse. Our therapists base their
sessions on a foundation of evidence-based therapies such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy),
ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), Mindfulness
amongst others.

This can assist young people with emotional regulation skills, emotional awareness, social skills,
increased confidence, trust and empathy, and problem-solving skills.

What we do

A new therapy program, carefully designed to ensure maximum results for both child and horse, allows children with mental health issues and/or disengaged youths to work with retired thoroughbreds to benefit from one another.

A new life

Horses exiting the racing industry are invited to join this program to play a key role with enrolled patients. This is a purposeful & worthy re-homing for racehorses into the community. Watching the horses & humans rehabilitate & flourish in their lives.

Who we help

Young people with:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Behavioural issues
  • Home-school or school refusal
  • Vulnerable children living in care
  • Self-harm and suicide ideation

Your contribution will make
a huge difference

We already have a waiting list of families who cannot afford equine therapy as they do not yet have a diagnosis. This means no mental health plan or; they do have a mental health plan BUT, it may not cover equine therapy!

2 children

Being treated at the moment

20 children

Currently on our waiting list that need treatment

$25

Can provide after school snacks or a bale of hay for hungry children or horses

$50

Can provide a pair of sturdy boots to keep children’s feet or horse’s legs safe from injury

$100

Can provide transport from the city to our safe space for a foster child or racehorse

We have a HUGE wait list of young people that are waiting to use our services who can’t afford to pay, which means they can’t access much needed mental health support. Your donation could make a HUGE difference to a young person’s life and gives an ex-racehorse a purposeful and humane future.

Testimonials

Here are some lovely stories of how our Equine Therapy has touched so many lives.

Ed

Ed

Rehab4Rehab has been a life saver for us.

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Noah

Noah

To be an autism family is to love unconditionally … love with fear and concern and love with uncertainty.

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Leash

Leash

Since attending Rehab4Rehab for equine therapy my daughter has been much more focused and content.

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Our horses

Here are some lovely stories of how our Equine Therapy has touched so many lives.

Crackajack

Crackajack

(Wally)

Wally was homeless. We retrained Wally and rehomed him to our program.

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Out of the Red

Out of the Red

(Red)

We retrained Red and rehomed him to our program. Thank you to his owner for donating him to our program. 

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Our Supporters