Who We Help – NGO Funded Programmes
Organisations we’ve worked with include:
Youth at Risk:
Women Survivors of Trauma:
Valkenberg Psychiatric Programme
"I will have a better relationship with my children now: I want to be there for them"
"I never knew how horses could have such a good effect on me. They helped me overcome my fear of going home."
Working with clients on their journey is a privilege for us and we are rewarded every day when we see moments of change and empowerment. We recently worked with a client who is willing to share her journey with the horses in her words. Her words take you through her journey from beginning to end and we are so proud of her bravery and courage throughout her time with us and for being willing to share with others… Click here to read the full testimonial.
"Coming here to this space was a beautiful experience. I came here looking for healing in one part of my life. But miraculously I have found out the truth of what has been holding me back and gave me insight as to how I have to move forward. Thank you to The Equinox Trust for providing this service to the vulnerable in the community. I am walking away here a different person." Moriedah Dien, Dews of Quietness
Last year from March - April 2016, my colleagues and I had an opportunity to participate in the caregivers and Mental health professionals programme. I must say it was quite an interesting and challenging experience having been in the arena, surrounded with animals twice / thrice my size not having any knowledge with working with horses. I remember the very first session with the horse’s I was petrified just being around them and having them come any closer to me, the sessions thereafter were liveable in terms of I had to self -talk myself and challenge myself to overcome the fear of the unknown (what would the horses pick up that I don't necessarily know about myself). I must say two things stood out for me about myself through the activities that were done. 1. Following rigid rules that don't leave room for creativity or adaptability frustrates me and can bring out the rebel in me or the despondent side of me. 2. Working in a client professional setting with a male figure or a father figure who portrays an overpowering, dominant and arrogant role within his family can also bring out either the feminist in me or the “I don't want to work with you because it'll be too frustrating”. The reason I highlighted these two points was because I had always seen myself as a calm, I've got this under control person. So, it was quite interesting to see that, certain things bring out certain sides to me. With that said, I think, having this type of programme that is catered to the caregivers and Mental health professionals is a great initiative because one gets to tap into areas that they weren't aware of as well as they become aware of what to work on as a mental health professional or a caregiver. Sarah & Fiona does do a great job.
I was privileged to attend an event with The Equinox Trust in October to raise funds to develop much needed empowerment programs for underprivileged communities. The location was fantastic and the session was both professionally run and highly informative. We were split into small groups and given the opportunity to experience tai chi, bowen, reiki and equine therapy. The highlight for me was seeing equine therapy in action and it was fascinating to witness the powerful healing that horses can assist with from both a social and emotional development point of view. A big thank you to the Equinox Team for their hard work and dedication and for helping to make a real difference to people’s lives.