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 highly experiential program offers participants the opportunity to connect with a horse, themselves and other Mates through Equine Assisted Learning (using the Equine Psychotherapy Institute Australia Model) and natural horsemanship skills. This program aims to assist Mates 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 human was 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


 23 - 28 April

 South-East   QLD 



14 - 19 May

 Yarra Valley, VIC



 4 - 9 June

 Hunter Valley, NSW



 16 - 21   July

 South-East QLD 



 30 Jul – 4   Aug

 Cairns,   Nth QLD



 27 Aug – 1   Sep

 Cairns,   Nth QLD  



 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:

Suncorp’s community giving program along with:

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