After operating for 15 years as a part of Uniting Care, Horses For Hope is now established as an independent charity.

Colin Emonson who initially developed Horses For Hope is at the helm of the new body, assisted by a Board with extensive business, mental health and horse expertise.

In the short term the Board's priority is to ensure that Horses For Hope continues to provide its equine assisted therapy service from its well appointed facility at Mooroopna North (near Shepparton).

"We are well established in the local area", Colin said.

"There are a number of welfare agencies who use our services and an increasing number of individuals who are interested in our unique therapy model."

Junior with a participant
Junior with a participant

Horses For Hope uses horses with a troubled background to assist people with mental health issues in a way which improves the outlook for both parties.

Unlike normal counseling where the therapist needs no support from the participant, Horses For Hope's narrative therapy technique engages the participant with the history of the horse they are working with.

In many cases the participant identifies with the horse's fears and traumas and in helping the horse to overcome them realise that they can solve their own problems too.

Participants report dramatic improvements in self-confidence after undergoing the Horses For Help program, with corresponding reductions in drug use, emotional outbursts and other negative behaviour.

Horses For Hope programs are generally undertaken with the support of and under the supervision of established mental health carers such as psychologists, mental health professionals, case workers and special needs teachers.

For more information go to our Contact page.


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