Horses for Hope success stories
Horses for Hope became involved with a teenaged male who had problems controlling his aggressive out bursts, including behaviour like smashing walls and attacking young people.
Through Kildonan’s Horses for Hope program, the young man was able to find calmness and kindness. Both mother and son said that the program has helped him identify when strong feelings were about to bubble up and utilise techniques to stop them from boiling over. Following the program, the man’s outbursts have reduced and he has hopes that he will be able to stop them altogether. He and his family are now able to look forward to a very different, much brighter future.
A teenage man with Aspergers Syndrome was experiencing uncontrolled 'meltdowns' due to the trouble he was having coping with the disorder.
Through the Horses for Hope program, the young man discovered his ability to identify, control and project emotions and energies in the horse yard.
He took this new knowledge home and with the support of his family, he learned to be able to identify when strong feelings were coming along and intercept and replace them. Overtime the 'meltdowns' disappeared completely. He has also learned more about Aspergers and now tells us that he has made friends with Aspergers. The young man says he is even pleased to have some of the good qualities that Aspergers has given him.
The young man is now attending school and doing well, where previously school was very difficult for him.
Family life is now much more comfortable for him and his family.
When the woman stepped into the horse yard the first time she said that she experienced "a little piece of heaven".
The women now practices the techniques learned in the horse yard in her daily life which she says has helped her greatly.A woman is her mid 30's who had experienced abuse and was suffering from strong anxiety and depression came to Horses for Hope.
Horses for Hope recently had a fantastic experience with a 12-year-old boy. This young man has been diagnosed as having severe Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and was unable to enjoy calmness.
The boy loved the experiences of connecting with the horses at Horses for Hope. In the horse yard, he was able to slow himself down and present to the horses genuine calmness, trust, respect, and strength of leadership without aggression.
The boy’s newly gained knowledge and associated skills have enabled him to use calmness at home.
For further information contact Horses for Hope Manager Colin Emonson on (03) 5831 6157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org