Equine programs connecting
veterans and horses
to enhance emotional healing.

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.

THE BENEFITS

The programs outcome is to:

  Improve the mental and physical condition
    of
the client

  Improve the sense of well-being and the development   
    of alertness

  Co-ordination improvement

  Boost to the cardiovascular system

  Stimulation of the hormone Serotonin...It’s a natural mood
   enhancer. Which leads to better
moods becoming mentally in
   tuned with the
environment, surroundings, and other clients.

Physiological outcomes are:

  Get moving and motivated

  Set a goal that will make you get out of bed each day

  Self-regulating the nervous system

  Connecting with others – family, friends, service. 
   organisations, work colleges

  Taking care of your body – cut out smoking, reduce
    alcohol intake, and exercise

• Dealing with flash backs etc.

• Working through survival guilt

• Seeking professional help

EQUINE ASSISTED
Daily Program

Pre-Program requirements:

  Wide brimmed hat

  Sunscreen supplied

  Work boots (must be closed toe)

  Sun safety – long pants and long sleeve shirt

  Water

  8am start - Each day starts with a safety brief

  9.30am morning tea (30 mins)

  11.30am lunch (30 mins)

  2pm finish

  Morning tea and lunch – fridge on site.

Day 1

  Induction – Safety

  Overview of the 4-day        Program

  Todays program

  Complete intake form

  Experience of the group

  General horse safety
    and 
anatomy briefing

  Horse interaction and
   reward system

  Basic approaching and
   
catching and tying up
    a horse

  Talking to a horse

  Horse security

  Check surroundings

  Putting on halter & rope

  Hitching your horse

  Touching/patting horse

  Brushing down

  Horse body language

  Horse language

  Feeding and watering

  Flexing your horse

  Leg flex’s

  Horse nutrition basics

  Today’s program

  Pen health

  Basic knots

Day 2

Induction – Safety

Day 1 revision

Catching your horse

Talking to a horse

Horse security

Halter and lead rope

Putting on halter
  and rope

Hitching your horse

Basic knots

Touching/patting horse

Brushing down

Horse body language

Horse language

Tick checking

Flexing your horse

Leg flex’s

Feeding and watering

Basic grooming

Picking up feet

Horse observation

Learn to lead and walk
  the horse

Basic downtime with the
   horse – one-on-one
   bonding

Rope tying races

Horse treats

Day 3

  Induction – Safety

  Day 1 & 2 revision

  Catching your horse

  Talking to a horse

  Horse security

  Halter and lead rope

  Putting on halter
   and rope

  Hitching your horse

  Basic knots

  Touching/patting horse

  Brushing down

  Hoof cleaning

  Horse body language

  Horse language

  Flexing your horse

  Leg flex’s

  Feeding and watering

  Basic grooming

  Picking up feet

  Horse observation

  Teach your horse to
   move 
away from
   pressure

  Safe Horse
   manoeuvring

  Basic downtime with
    the 
horse – one-on-one
    bonding

  Bridle a horse

  Polaroid photo   
   (a memento of the
   program to take with
   them)

Day 4

  Induction – Safety

  Day 1, 2 & 3 revision

  Catching your horse

  Talking to a horse

  Horse security

  Halter and lead rope

  Putting on halter
   and rope

  Hitching your horse

  Basic knots

  Touching/patting horse

  Brushing down

  Horse body language

  Horse language

  Flexing your horse

  Leg flex’s

  Feeding and watering

  BBQ lunch

  Basic grooming

  Picking up feet

  Horse observation

  Teach your horse to
    move
away from
    pressure

  Safe Horse
   manoeuvring

  Basic downtime with
   the
horse – one-on-one
   bonding

  Bridle a horse

  Sausage sizzle lunch

  Complete survey

Note
Upon completion of the 4 day Equine Healing Program consideration will be given to those clients
who show the aptitude as possible horse handlersto attend a future riding program.

TO BOOK
Please fill out the form below and submit,
one of our Team Members will be intouch to confirm date and time for your booking,
a doctors referral also maybe needed.

Please be aware dates could change due to numbers. On any given day we only cater to 10 people maximum.

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Crisis Hotline
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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