Horses 4 Hope’s Programs

Horses 4 Hope is a non-profit organization registered in the Republic of South Africa. We are registered with the Department of Social Development and SARS (the South African Revenue Services) as a Public Benefit Organization.

Monty Roberts famously said, “For centuries, humans have said to horses, ‘You do what I tell you or I’ll hurt you.’ Humans still say that to each other – still threaten, force and intimidate. I’m convinced that my discoveries with horses have value in the workplace, in the educational and penal systems, and in the raising of children. At heart, I’m saying that no one has the right to say ‘you must’ to an animal – or to another human.”

At Horses 4 Hope this is a philosophy we live by. And our aim is to use equine-assisted programs, specifically the world-renowned methods of Monty Roberts, to reduce violence and other issues in the community.

As the first Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in Africa, founder Simon Marrier d’Unienville is helping Monty Roberts achieve his goal of “leaving the world a better place than I found it, for horses, and people too.” Our mission is to reduce the endemic violence in South Africa, and across Africa, by working with at-risk youth and young communities using Monty Roberts’ Lead-Up program.

We are also working with a team of international specialists to bring bring Equ-Us – the first equine-assisted drug and alcohol recovery program to South Africa from January 2019. And additionally, train future Monty Roberts Instructors across Africa to help spread his concepts further.

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Lead-Up® Workshops

Groundbreaking methods to reduce violence in vulnerable youth

Lead-Up is a groundbreaking program which reduces violence in at-risk youth through the development of Non-Aggressive Leaders for the future. With conclusive scientific evidence of reduced violence and abuse towards horses and people, Lead-Up workshops teach vulnerable youth about the power of non-violence, trust-based relationships and peaceful leadership.

Lead-Up’s goal is to reduce violence by creating peaceful leaders through workshops with horses. The participants, aged 15 to 21, are welcomed into a compassionate and non-judgmental environment, far removed from the violence, abuse, addiction and neglect they often experience at home.

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Equ-Us Workshops

An equine-assisted drug and alcohol recovery program

The Horses 4 Hope team are working with international specialists to bring the first equine-assisted drug and alcohol recovery program to South Africa.

The first of its kind in South Africa, Equ-Us™ is an equine-assisted program with therapeutic benefits, that uses a combination of Monty Roberts’ ground-breaking Join-Up® techniques and globally acclaimed motivational methods, to help those harmfully involved with drugs and/or alcohol to resolve ambivalence about behaviour change.

Our Equ-Us workshops connect participants with horses to help them better understand themselves and how they interact with, and perceive, the world around them.

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Instructor Training Program

Training Future Monty Roberts Certified Instructors

As the first Monty Roberts Certified Instructor in Africa, Horses 4 Hope founder Simon Marrier d’Unienville is helping Monty Roberts achieve his goal of “leaving the world a better place than I found it, for horses, and people too.”

And one of Horses 4 Hope’s aims is to train Monty Roberts Certified Instructors in each country around Africa – so they, in turn, can utilize equine-assisted learning, specifically the world-renowned methods of Monty Roberts, to reduce violence and other issues in their communities.

Learn more about our Instructor Training Bursary Program

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