The Hoofbeats herd enjoying some shade under trees

Horse Wisdom Program

Marie’s Horse Wisdom Program is an 8-week program aiming to help young women build social and emotional skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

In a small and intimate group setting, supported by the natural environment and our therapy herd, the participants will engage in activities in the paddock with the horses, discovering skills through experiential learning that transfer to life.

Participants will be encouraged to creatively express and discover how they do life, finding healthy behaviours and discarding the ones that don’t serve them anymore.

The learning themes include: the Calm State and feeling regulated, noticing and how being aware keeps us safe, boundaries and how to say no, recognising healthy relationships/friendships, self-criticism and nourishing a kind inner monologue, recognising feelings as natural, and facing life’s challenges with our new skills.

Marie, a certified Equine Psychotherapy Institute practitioner, will be assisted by Courtenay, a final year Social Work student and long-term volunteer at the sanctuary. They will both provide support to participants on their self-discovery journey, ensuring emotional and physical safety.

Please provide as much information as possible on your form on why you think this program could suit you. Our practitioner might call you for additional information. We’ll place you on a waiting list until the next round begins in April.

Please make sure that you can commit to the program for 8 consecutive weeks before applying. Thank you!

For more information about what programs at the Sanctuary look like, please make sure to read about our approach to equine therapy.

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We are committed to child safety. We want children to be and feel safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children who attend programs at Hoofbeats Sanctuary or who may visit the sanctuary for other reasons.

We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our policies and procedures. We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we will follow rigorously.

We are committed to preventing child abuse, identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. We have robust human resources and recruitment practices to reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing board members, staff and volunteers.

Since launching in 2009, we have had zero incidents and zero complaints.


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