HorsePower Australia Centres are open and providing services with all Government COVID-19 safety measures in place.
BE A HORSE HERO
Everything looks different on horseback, including you. You’ll see that you’re capable of more than you think. You’ll discover new friends, new skills and strengths you didn’t know you had. You’ll see a future filled with opportunities, and that you’re strong enough to seize them.
There’s so much to love about being a volunteer at HorsePower. Our horses. The children, young people, adults and families we support, all living with diversabilities. But most of all, the priceless transformations they’ll make with your help.
Our therapeutic horses are unique vehicles that inspire positive life changes for people with diversabilities. The services they provide make a big difference in the lives of people in your community. We invite you to be their hero. Please consider donating, sponsoring or adopting a horse.
There are so many ways to give to HorsePower. We encourage you to find which giving options are best for you. All donations to HorsePower are tax deductible and 100% of all donations go directly towards empowering people with diversabilities to live the life they want.
ABOUT HORSEPOWER AUSTRALIA
HorsePower Australia, previously known as Riding for the Disabled Association of WA Inc. (RDAWA), is a registered voluntary, charitable, not for profit organisation that provides people with diversabilities opportunities that empower them to break through physical, cognitive, emotional and social barriers utilising the power of the horse to develop new skills, discover new abilities and define the life they want to live.
Our 13 affiliated member centres provide a variety of programs including riding, carriage driving, vaulting, hippotherapy and walking with horses to people with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges each year.
We have been providing unique life-changing activities in Western Austrlaia since 1972, and take great pride in the fact that our organisation is largely run by volunteers (96%) within the local communities in which our member centres operate. We are part of a worldwide movement and affiliated with the Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) and Disability Sports Australia.
We rely greatly on the generosity of the WA community to provide support and donations that helps us provide therapeutic goal-based activities for children and adults with diversabilities.
Common diagnoses include but are not limited to Autism, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Down Syndrome.
Goal-based riding programs conducted under the instruction of accredited HorsePower Australia coaches.
Provides individuals who are unable to ride a horse the opportunity to experience the great outdoors.
The movement of the horse, under the direction of a trained physiotherapist, occupational therapist or speech therapist can offer participants the opportunity for complex motor learning.
A fun alternative equestrian activity that provides a wonderful learning opportunity for people of all ages and abilities.
WALKING WITH HORSES
What happens when we step off our 'high horses' and walk beside these powerful beings? A whole new world of possibilities opens up.
People served in 2020
Specially trained horses transforming lives
Specially trained volunteers supporting community participation.
Hours Donated in 2020
Transforming lives one hoof-beat at a time.
“After just 6 months attending HorsePower, his muscle tone and motor skills had improved markedly. He was able to stand and walk independently at his 3rd birthday."
“Transformed her mobility, independence, self-confidence and emotional wellbeing."
"Loving his excursions to HorsePower, no longer the quiet and subdued boy he once was, happily meeting new people and enjoying new experiences."