Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat supplies the facility and services for Giddy Up Gold Coast programs that focus on community equine therapy support to disadvantaged individuals and growth of grass roots equestrian.
Supporting NDIS participants, the Mater Little Miracles appeal, Starlight Foundation, Oxfam & others
Our vision is for funding to be easily available to those in need so people can experience the love, passion, energy and freedom horses can bring into an individual’s life, manifested in the form of physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
Helping people access funding for horse experiences. Making a change in this world by providing a structured opportunity for individuals to bond and connect with horses!
To have our organisation benefit youth and disadvantaged individuals in our community through offering opportunities to experience the emotional, mental and health benefits horse care, handling and horse riding can offer an individual. We believe strongly in the long term benefits that come from teaching empathy through animal care.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals of improving grassroots horse riding education and delivering equine programs for mental health. Your generous donation will fund our mission to enable more community and school groups to access our horse programs. Positive outcomes in CONFIDENCE, CARE for others, emotional CONTROL, COMMUNICATION skills, COORDINATION
Through our unique programs, participants develop emotional intelligence & life skills such as empathy, responsibility and dealing with challenges in a non-threatening, therapeutic, non-judgemental environment.
Here are some great stories about horses helping people:
- A lovely story was featured on channel 10 about horses for mental health
- Research released on therapeutic riding
- Horses helping to heal
All donations made through the Australian Sports Foundation are tax-deductible:
WHY DO HORSE ACTIVITIES PROVIDE BETTER OUTCOMES and WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO TO HELP OUR COMMUNITY
This video says it all:
We are so proud to be a part of Mental Health First Aid Australia
Unique to horses unlike humans they have the ability to mirror what we are experiencing and feeling, innately able to detect anger, aggression, anxiety, or calmness and kindness. In order to establish a positive relationship with a horse, the individual must learn to regulate internal feelings and external behaviours. Their accepting nature and their ability to give immediate, objective, non-verbal feedback combine to create an ideal experiential learning environment.
Working with horses is very rewarding and focused on a healthy active lifestyle where you’ll forget about the stresses and strains of you daily grind and connect with these beautiful animals providing an exhilarating feeling of freedom!
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