Equine Therapy Program

Mates4Mates offers a unique experience through our Equine Therapy Program, which challenges participants to break down their physical and psychological barriers by connecting with horses.

Participants in the Equine Therapy Program interact and engage with horses through an educational and emotional experience, in a safe and calm environment, learning basic natural horsemanship while developing a trusting relationship

This week long program offers participants a straightforward experience where they learn horsemanship skills; they also participate in Equine Assisted Learning, using the Equine Psychotherapy Australia Model. This aims to assist personnel with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to support their return home and help them deal with day to day aspects of their home life, work life and relationships.

Equine therapy can help people with anxiety, depression and other emotional challenges to build trust and confidence, improve physical wellbeing, and enhance social skills. The bond between horse and rider has proven highly therapeutic for many people who may otherwise find it difficult to communicate with others.


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Equine Therapy For Couples

At Mates4Mates we have also introduced Equine Therapy for Couples. Equine Therapy for couples isn’t your traditional marriage intervention, but a chance to spend time away together where the focus is on the well-documented, therapeutic gains of working with animals.

The program is modified for couples so it includes time working on elements individually and time together. Participants also complete activities like working on Love Languages with their partner, creating artwork, and practising mindfulness.


Upcoming Dates for 2017 (click the links for more info):




EOI Due date


 5 - 10 March

 Hunter Valley, NSW 



 23 - 28 April

 South-East   QLD 



 4 - 9 June

 Cairns,   Nth QLD 



 16 - 21   July

 South-East QLD 



 30 Jul – 4   Aug

 Cairns,   Nth QLD



 27 Aug – 1   Sep

 Hunter   Valley, NSW



 17 – 22 September

 South-East QLD



 8 – 13 October

 Hunter   Valley, NSW



 26 Nov – 1   Dec

 Yarra   Valley, VIC


Click below to download your Expression of Interest form:

Yarra Valley, VIC EOI Form 2017 Hunter Valley, NSW EOI Form 2017 South-East QLD EOI Form 2017 Cairns, NTH QLD EOI Form 2017

“Time and time again you hear about the benefits of equine therapy, but until you actually experience it – experience the connection you make between yourself and the horse; the emotional and the physical connection, until you’ve actually experienced that first-hand – words don’t really do it justice.”

– a Mate on his experience in the Equine Therapy Program

To find out more about the Equine Therapy Program (no prior horse experience is necessary), or to sponsor a Mates' participation, email admin@mates4mates.org.

Proud supporters of our Equine Therapy Progam:

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