Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Had enough of repeating your story, over and over again?  Visited every health professional you can find, looking for the right outcomes? Horses are highly intuitive and have the innate ability to sense people’s true feelings and to mirror what they see. Our team of Equine Specialist, Mental Health Professional and horses will help you achieve your goals. Call us now.

Equine Assisted Learning

Looking to develop life and social skills? Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) focuses on personal growth and/or a group’s specific learning and/or educational goals. You may have a group that has become disengaged. EAL focuses on doing, not just talking. The minute you enter the paddock with the horses everyone is engaged in some way. Call us to discuss your needs.

Team Building & Training

Looking for an interesting and memorable approach to developing your team? Move them out of the office and into the paddock for a unique experience. Horses give instant feedback by mirroring back the behaviours they are seeing. When your team changes their behaviours, the horses respond instantly. Call us to discuss transforming your group into a highly effective team.

How Our Four Legged Therapists Could Help You

“Just relax”. “The horse knows if you’re afraid.”

This might be one of the first things you’re told just as you’re about to have your first horse encounter. Not really a comforting thought that the 1 tonne animal you’re about to approach knows your secret and will react to what they magically sense.

The horse’s capabilities to sense your true feelings has nothing to do with magic but with over 50 million years of successfully surviving as prey animals. Horses rely on reading body language to sense safety or danger and can even read your heart rate from over 10 metres away. Their survival depends on their innate, highly evolved instincts.

Horses can read our true feelings and intentions and can reflect back the behaviour they see. This helps people see how their behaviour impacts on the outside world. When the person changes, the horse responds differently, giving clear, non-judgmental feedback.

Horses have helped many people, who were not able to find help elsewhere.

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The Eagala Model

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Horse Sense for Humans uses the Eagala model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development and is a leading service provider in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The Eagala model was founded in 1999 to focus on providing a standard and structure for Equine Assisted Therapy. The Eagala standard includes a certification process, code of ethics and ethics committee and ongoing professional education which assures our clients a high level of professionalism.

The Eagala model is unique because it utilises a therapeutic team approach and uses ground based activities, which do not involve any horse riding. The model is solution-oriented where horses become metaphors to help clients find their own solutions. Eagala adheres to a strong Code of Ethics.

Individuals, families, couples, youth and groups can all benefit from this powerful and effective therapeutic approach. A variety of mental health and personal development issues can be addressed such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse, trauma, relationship problems, communication challenges, and social skills.



“My 10 year old daughter has ASD, high anxiety, low confidence and low self-esteem. Since attending the EAP sessions, her confidence has grown so much.  She has learnt to read non-verbal cues and grown emotionally.  She is more confident in speaking to her peers at school, and occasionally speaking in front of her class.” TJ



“We have used this program with students who suffered from behavioural problems, mental health disorders and autism. As little as one session could demonstrate an improvement in behaviour, attitude and re-engagement back into education. I highly recommend this program. You will be amazed at the results it can deliver.” MH-CEO Connect


Participating in this program has assisted in achieving outcomes for our clients that include, believing in themselves and their abilities, having a clear vision and direction regarding their education, training and employment pathways, forming positive relationships with their family and community and taking responsibility for their own actions.” JM-NORTEC Youth Connections Case Worker.


“There was a clear sense of the group growing in cohesion. They grew in confidence, faced fears, found an outlet for attachment and found opportunities to support and encourage each other. Young people accessing equine therapy benefit as they work through issues of depression, boundary setting, protective behaviours, childhood trauma and grief and loss.” TF-Reconnect Case Manager 


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