At Hoofbeats Sanctuary we offer a range of programs designed to create life-changing opportunities.
Our programs support women and children. Our definition of women includes transgender and cisgender, all those who experience or have experienced oppression as women, including non-binary and gender non-conforming people and all those who identify as women.
All equine-assisted programs take the form of private appointments – no group equine programs are offered. No experience with or knowledge of horses is required. All program activities are on the ground – no horse riding is involved.
We do things differently to most equine therapy providers in that we purposefully prioritise both the physical AND the the emotional welfare of the horses in our herd. We do not ‘use’ them in programs, but work alongside the herd – learning from, and deeply honouring, their experience, emotions and boundaries. This approach enables us to open our own awareness, through which we can discover, and honour, our own needs – just as the horses do.
Go Remarkable Girls Program
A 12-week equine-assisted personal development program for girls and young women aged 12-24yo. The program covers 12 key concepts: Gratitude, Optimism, Resilience, Empathy, Mindfulness, Awareness, Responsibility, Kindness, Acceptance, Bravery & Boundaries, Liberty and Empowerment.
Applications for the next round are OPEN. Full and part scholarships are available. Click here for more information.
Women Veterans & First Responders Program
A 12-week equine therapy program for women who are:
- current or ex-ADF members or First Responders
- partners of current or ex-ADF members or First Responders
- a child of a current or ex-ADF member or First Responder (aged 21 or over – under 21’s please apply for the Go Remarkable Program)
Applications are OPEN. Full and part scholarships are available. Click here for more information.
Recovery & Discovery Women’s Program
A fully tailored, private 12-week equine-assisted personal development program for all women – particularly those impacted by trauma.
Applications are OPEN. Full and part scholarships are available. Click here for more information and to apply.
Somatic Stretch & Soothe Program
A gentle program for women recovering from trauma or simply struggling to feel good about themselves. Learn gentle stretching patterns that help to release tension held in the body, relieve muscle and joint pain, and improve posture and movement. All movements are slow and gentle, and are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.
Applications for the next program intake are OPEN. Full and part scholarships are available. Click here for more information and to apply.
Meditate & Create Arts Therapy Program
Join our beautiful herd of horses and experience deep relaxation, fun and creativity.
Learn simple tools to help you slow down, de-stress and re-connect to yourself and others – all in the calming presence of our magical herd of horses and ponies.
Applications for the current program are CLOSED. Click here for more information and future dates.
Pony Tales Reading Program
An early intervention reading program for children impacted by early trauma.
Weekly private sessions with a primary school teacher, reading stories to a pony from our beautiful herd
Applications for the current program are CLOSED. Applications for 2023 will open soon.