Equine healing program for ADF veterans
Equine Healing has huge health benefits for individuals experiencing mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Course attendees (with the support of our equine team) work through a range of practical interactions such as grooming, feeding and groundwork exercises with our horses. By allowing participants to connect and care for our beautiful horses they gain the trust and respect of the horse, and in turn for themselves instilling confidence and self-worth.
This program is available to current/ex-serving and transitioning ADF personnel.
• Improved mental health
• ImprovedImproved sense of well-being and self-worth
• Improved alertness - being present in the moment
• Improved physical condition
• Improved motor skills/co-ordination
• Boosted cardiovascular system
• Stimulation of the hormone serotonin
• Opportunities for lasting friendship and sense of purpose/belonging
What our clients say
"Wounded Heroes Australia is one of the organisations that can help us out once we have transitioned or while we're currently serving in Defence. I found the equine program extremely beneficial.”
Michael - recently retired Veteran
"I got to hang out with the horses and bond with them. You become very close to them during the course. I wasn't 100% certain before I did the course, but once you put yourself out there, it's well worth it."
Brendan - recovering Soldier/Veteran
“Looking after another creature is very rewarding, and a 500kg horse certainly demands your respect. The course was brought to my attention through the Soldier Recovery Centre and I heard about the healing benefits that is can have for soldiers with PTSD and other mental health illnesses."
Hayden - recovering Solider/Veteran
“These Horses gave me a chance to de-stress and unwind from everything that had been making my life an absolute hell without judgment."
Anonymous - retired Veteran
1300 532 112
If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulty with everyday life and would like to be part of our program, please reach out and contact us for more information on 1300 532 112 or complete our online form below.
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Meet our horses
BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
Thoroughbred Grey gelding. I’m a new arrival to Horses 4 Heroes; my friend (Charlie) and I were rescued from the recent bushfires. We are currently suffering from PTSD and are adjusting to our new life within the herd. The young chestnut shadow behind me is my support animal.
Miniature Shetland Pony mare. I’m the most adorable, kind, gorgeous, loving, and modest pony you’ll ever meet. For some reason people often shower me with pats when they meet me for the first time, I’d like to say it’s my golden flowing locks or personality…but we all know it’s both.