In late 2009, Horses for Hope was invited to establish a program in Kinglake Victoria, a community devastated by the 'Black Saturday' bushfires of February 2009.
Local Kinglake residents who were familiar with Horses for Hope extended the invitation after identifying gaps in the therapeutic services on offer to bushfire affected residents in the Kinglake Ranges region.
Many participants who have been assisted by the program in Kinglake initially accessed the program primarily as a means to help their horses who had been traumatised by the fires. Universally, these participants have found the program to be immensely valuable in helping them deal with their own trauma that resulted from Black Saturday.
"I am sure I would have finished up with a breakdown had it not been for Horses for Hope. I had been running on adrenalin for months. I'm not the sort of person who would have gone to see a counsellor or psychologist in the 'normal' way, but I am a horse person so Horses for Hope made sense to me. Now I know you don't need to be a horse person to benefit from Horses for Hope, you just need to want to heal." - Pat, Kinglake Ranges resident
For further information contact Horses for Hope Manager Colin Emonson on (03) 5831 6157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org