How can horses help with
mental health issues?
Most people aren’t aware that horses are sensitive and extremely intuitive; with an incredible ability to mirror our emotions. After all, every retired racehorse has been through a journey of its own.
By connecting with these magnificent animals in a calm manner, children form a relationship with them that’s based on pure trust. And in turn, this natural connection helps young people to regulate their own emotions.
It’s therapy through meaningful experience.
In a clinical environment, even the best health professionals can struggle to build a rapport with someone suffering from mental health issues. But it’s a very different story for a child or teen when they’re in a paddock grooming a calm horse on a beautiful farm.
Whether they’re leading a horse or doing groundwork, the therapy is based on mindfulness and ‘being in the moment’. It allows young people to manage their anxiety, regulate their emotions, and improve their communication skills.
Therapists at Rehab4Rehab include AHPRA registered clinicians, and we aim to expand our team of therapists registered under national boards such as AHPRA. Professions allied to medicine are qualified by a degree process; then by registration in order to be able to practice in Australia.
The registration follows a strict and rigorous government requirement. and demands a high level of evidence-based experience as well as ongoing Continued Professional Development, training and supervision.
Our team also includes Occupational Therapists and PACFA registered Therapists including Equine Assisted Therapy practitioners.
Our Point of Difference
Our program is unique in that we support the rehabilitation of both horses and humans. We work in conjunction with Red Hill Equestrian who are the providers of the equine welfare, care and management. They are an experienced equine facility with a service skilled in retraining horses for a new purpose. This is where retired racehorses are prepared and assessed for their readiness for the program and are provided with ongoing full-care and management. Our therapy horses are prepared for a new life after the completion of our program and go on to be rehomed. This way we are able to help a large number of horses to move through our program and they help humans along the way.
❤️ Let’s share these benefits nationally!
The Rehab4Rehab formula is scalable. Although our promise is a one year promise – to rest, reset, retrain and a potential option to participate in therapy for every horse, once the horses are rehomed there is a place for another.
With the support of like-minded communities and stakeholders who:
- feel an ethical responsibility towards these horses and
- value the mental and physical wellbeing of children struggling in society and at school
We anticipate a quick scaling capacity.
Our charity needs your help
We already have a waiting list of families who cannot afford equine therapy. They do not yet have a diagnosis which means:
• no mental health plan or
• they do have a mental health plan BUT, it may not cover equine therapy