EquiTune's 'Wellness through Horsemanship' sessions offer a practical experiential approach to improving mental health and wellbeing, self-development and healing.
This is a special opportunity to improve your health and wellness alongside EquiTune's herd of beautiful and gentle horses and Nathalie, a qualified life coach, counsellor, horsewoman, seichim and reiki practitioner and yoga teacher.
The 1-hour sessions are suitable for all as they focus on natural horsemanship techniques and do not include any horseback riding.
For those that self-manage the NDIS supports and services in their plan or use a registered plan manager - EquiTune can support you! Since the horses have similar behaviours with humans, such as social and responsive behaviors, it is easy for the client to create a connection with the horse.
What is Equine-assisted therapy?
EquiTune's horses are stunning athletes that regularly compete and are trained to schoolmaster status. By developing a unique connection with EquiTune's horses, they can enhance one's physical or emotional healing.
Importantly, horses don't judge, fix or teach. Horses are naturally unbiased and non-judgmental, responding only to people's intent and behaviour. EquiTune's clients describe this quality as being crucial to the therapy as it helps increase one's self-esteem and self-confidence.
Who can benefit from Equine-assisted therapy?
A wide range of people can benefit from Equine-assisted therapy, as it promotes physical and emotional growth in persons who experience stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD and PTSD.
Horses have the potential of allowing people to overcome fear and develop confidence that can be translated into real-life situations.
Past EquiTune clients have noted the horses have assisted with emotional awareness, developing social skills, impulse control, improving confidence, problem-solving, empathy and much more.
"It is like nothing I've ever experienced before."
" It was very emotional and released some inward pain."
"Coming out and being mindful with the horses is the highlight of my week."
What to expect in a Wellness through Horsemanship session
Learning to understand horse behaviour can help one learn the way their behaviour impacts others. The 1-hour sessions can include simple exercises such as haltering, leading and grooming, which can teach one how to approach others with respect and awareness.
Working with a horse can also reveal a person's maladaptive thoughts and behaviour patterns. However, as the session progresses, they will process such feelings and find comfort in their relationship with the horse.
The overall experience is designed to be empowering as one can develop the confidence to address their fears; learn to accept responsibility and taking care of oneself and others; develop patience, humility, and a sense of pride; and gain an appreciation for the simple joys in life.
EquiTune is located on a peaceful horse property in Chandler with amazing facilities as well as direct access to 200 acres of horse trails (just 20 minutes from Brisbane). If you would like to start your wellness journey, book your session today at EquiTune.com.au/book.
If you would like to start your wellness journey, book your session today at EquiTune.com.au/book.
EquiTune also offers Bitless or tackless riding (available to intermediate riders upwards), Horsemanship and leadline for under 7 years and interactive Equine-assisted alternative therapy/healing with horses for all ages with their herd of schoolmasters.