We offer a range of programs designed to create life-changing opportunities.

Our programs support women and girls. 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.

Most equine-assisted programs take the form of private appointments – although we are beginning to offer limited programs in small groups. 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 horses do.

All our programs are offered on-site at the Sanctuary in Doonan, on the Sunshine Coast, by facilitators with a lived history of trauma themselves.

Four of the Hoofbeats herd running around and playing

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.

A Hoofbeats client lying down on the ground alongside Phoenix, one of the horses in the herd

Recovery and Discovery Womens 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.

The Hoofbeats herd enjoying some shade under trees

Horse Wisdom Program

Our new eight-week group program. In a small and intimate group setting, participants will build and improve their social and emotional skills through experiential learning with our herd.

Sometimes we have to place programs on pause for a variety of reasons. Although we will would like to start offering these programs again sometime in the future, we can unfortunately make no guarantees as to when. Make sure to keep on eye on our social media profiles for announcements.

Somatic Stretch and 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.

Women Veterans and 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

Meditate and 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.