Equine Therapy

Why Horses?

The Director of My Spectrum Services comes from a long line of horse women and has a Grandmother who stills claims Shannara was “riding before she could walk”.

After working in the Mental Health, Homelessness, Disability and Human Services sectors, Shannara decided to align her passions of the outdoors and assisting people to reach their true potential, in their own time.

Horses have been proven to assist people, including those experiencing: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Alcohol and Drug Misuse.

Research has shown working with horses can lower blood pressure and heart rate, alleviate stress and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Horses can help to build self-esteem and confidence.

Banjo learning the way…


is our newest herd member. He is a gorgeous and loving Brumby x Stockhorse, who adores being brushed and loved by people. Banjo also loves a snack and will lick your hand waiting for some licorice!

Bella the water baby…


is a loving Quarter horse who was rescued by the RSPCA. Bella has quite a history and can take some time to warm up to people. However once she likes you, she won’t leave your side.

Luna- always repping!


is a gorgeous Clydesdale X Quarter horse who was rescued from an abusive owner, when only 7 months old. Luna is sweet, loving and knows how to support people when they need it.

Junior- hard at work


What can we say about Junior…. Junior would do anything for people he loves, even follow them through houses and up stairs. Junior is a bit of an ‘old soul’, who can be loving and gentle or stubborn and pushy, depending on how you are with him. Junior is our ‘boss’ herd member. He’s been there, done that and will teach the young ones how to behave.



is our smallest herd member, but what he lacks in size he certainly makes up in attitude. Jett has just somehow accumulated into the herd, and has been called Jett because of how fast he can take off. Jett does not like people, although a small number of people can pat him and play.

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