HorsePower Australia offers a wide range of
equine-assisted programs designed to expand the horizons of people with disabilities.
HorsePower Australia member centres provide opportunities for individuals to enjoy stimulating, therapeutic, educational and recreational activities, utilising the horse in a safe environment that they may otherwise not have access to. Our coaches and volunteers are all trained in how to assist individuals to achieve the most from their session in a safe and fun manner.
The simple pleasure of working with horses is the basis of our programs which are designed to complement conventional therapies and education through the freedom of movement, gaining confidence, creating friendships and achieving individual outcomes and goals.
Research shows that there are significant therapeutic benefits for individuals who participate in horse riding programs. The warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transferred through the rider's body, helping to make it more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and co-ordination.
HorsePower Australia member centres welcome people of all ages and abilities, who may be referred to them in a variety of ways, including from a health professional, a teacher, caregiver or friend of the family.
Horse riding and horse related activities are of great benefit to people with a wide range of diversabilities including:
Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Intellectual & Learning Disability
Depression and Anxiety
Youth at risk