“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.

Billy and participant

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.