“I know it's counselling but it doesn’t feel like it”, a quote from a 14 year old girl for whom traditional counselling had been unsuccessful. 

Horses for Hope uses equine-assisted learning and therapy to assist people with a range of issues.  The program’s clients may be victims of abuse or trauma or have experienced an accident or natural disaster. They may also be suffering from the effects of a developmental or mental health issue. The program operates out of Shepparton, Victoria.

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Horses for Hope  can assist individuals, families, and groups in developing  life skills such as:

  • Anger management
  • Team work
  • Assertiveness
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Relationship building
  • Confidence
  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Flexibility
  • Respect
  • Self confidence
  • Self-awareness
  • Emotional and behavioural control
  • Resilience

Horses for Hope has gained a reputation for assisting individuals and groups that have tried a range of other therapeutic options without success, or have refused to access other services.



Suitable for individuals aged three years and up (with a parent or adult guardian). Horses for Hope receives referrals from schools, government agencies, mental health and justice, community support agencies and members of the public (self-referrals).

The program can also be used to teach skills such as teamwork, leadership and change management with corporate and community groups.


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Horses For Hope Adopts Myoutcomes Software

Historically Horses For Hope has recorded participant outcomes using a paper based system which has produced outstanding results. For instance : An increase from 8% of participants taking responsibility for their choices to 61%. An improvement from 53% of…
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Why I Love Seeing Red

All my life I have been let down by people, whether it be friends, family or professionals such as the mental health team.I was one of those silent sufferers that continued to go unnoticed. For most of my childhood I was abused, at home and at school, there…

Our Values

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Charitable Purpose

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Referring Agencies

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Horses For Hope Terms and Conditions

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Terms and Conditions Effective Date: July 1st, 2019 OVERVIEW This website is operated by…

Horses For Hope Charity Established

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After operating for 15 years as a part of Uniting Care, Horses For Hope is now…

Our History

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A Brief history of Horses for Hope 2004 As part of a search for better ways, Colin…

What We Do

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CHANGING LIVES THROUGH EQUINE-ASSISTED THERAPY “I know it’s counselling, but it doesn’t…

Horses And Hope

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