Mental health help for veterans and first responders through the healing power of the horse
Many veterans and first responders suffer from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress injuries. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for effective and lasting treatment.
Your experience is uniquely your own.
Perhaps you have found the traditional methods available haven’t been the right fit. Or you need a different approach to complement your current strategies.
Located within easy reach of Sydney, and available for interstate travel, Horse Aid provides a free-of-charge service to you.
Offering our horses as partners for your healing process, to help you develop new coping skills and build your confidence again.
Our horses too have experienced hardship and are simply the best of listeners.
Even when you don’t want to talk.
For information on screenings of The Healing click HERE
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
NEWS FLASH – PROGRAM DATES
Our next One-Day Introductions will run on
Mon 31 October, Mon 28 November & 4th Monday of the month ongoing (Dec TBA)
Contact us to register on firstname.lastname@example.org
or via our Facebook page
To meaningfully improve the quality of life for veterans, first responders and their families, while offering rehabilitation and re-homing pathways for ex- racehorses
I was a mess; trauma, anxiety and depression ruled the day, my confidence was gone, I struggled to exist day-by-day and most days didn’t want to exist at all……… the more I worked with these horses on the ground, the more my confidence grew, step-by-step the program delivered something unique that helped me to get in touch with what was going on inside me. This saved my life.
Participate in a program
If you’re looking for a no-pressure, and judgment-free experience, Horse Aid offers a selection of programs for you to choose from.
We are pleased to offer our programs at no charge to veterans, first responders and their families.
We provide a safe, supportive and expectation-free environment where your needs are our priority.
Join us for a day to see if we’re the right fit, or stay with us for a week – it’s entirely your decision
Helping veterans mental wellbeing in conjunction with the Thoroughbred & Veteran Welfare Alliance since 2014.
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Coming Soon: The Healing
An amazing documentary featuring Scott Brodie, produced and directed by Nick Barkla. It demonstrates the transformation of veterans and the second chances being given to Thoroughbred racehorses.
One of our favourite poems is The Last Parade by A B Banjo Paterson (b.1864 d.1941) which depicts the cavalryman and his inseparable horse.
With never a sound of trumpet,
With never a flag displayed,
The last of the old campaigners
Lined up for the last parade.
Weary they were and battered,
Shoeless, and knocked about;
From under their ragged forelocks
Their hungry eyes looked out.
And they watched as the old commander
Read out to the cheering men
The Nation’s thanks, and the orders
To carry them home again.
And the last of the old campaigners,
Sinewy, lean, and spare —
He spoke for his hungry comrades:
“Have we not done our share?
“Starving and tired and thirsty
We limped on the blazing plain;
And after a long night’s picket
You saddled us up again.
“We froze on the windswept kopjes
When the frost lay snowy-white,
Never a halt in the daytime,
Never a rest at night!
“We knew when the rifles rattled
From the hillside bare and brown,
And over our weary shoulders
We felt warm blood run down,
“As we turned for the stretching gallop,
Crushed to the earth with weight;
But we carried our riders through it —
Sometimes, perhaps, too late.
“Steel! We were steel to stand it —
We that have lasted through,
We that are old campaigners
Pitiful, poor, and few.
“Over the sea you brought us,
Over the leagues of foam:
Now we have served you fairly
Will you not take us home?
“Home to the Hunter River,
To the flats where the lucerne grows;
Home where the Murrumbidgee
Runs white with the melted snows.
“This is a small thing, surely!
Will not you give command
That the last of the old campaigners
Go back to their native land?”
They looked at the grim commander,
But never a sign he made.
“Dismiss!” and the old campaigners
Moved off from their last parade.