Horse Assisted Therapy

Salta Horses provides horse assisted therapy to individuals and whānau who are facing challenges in their lives. We combine work with horses and talking therapy under the guidance of a mental health professional at our North Canterbury premises, or onsite at your location with our team of mini horses. Our approach is often particularly effective for people who find social situations and traditional learning environments difficult, including young people and people with disabilities. Our facilities are fully accessible, safe, private and all work is confidential.

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Our approach

Non-traditional Setting

Our rural location is open, spacious and allows clients to enjoy the freedom of the outdoors. Sessions with Salta Horses can be used as an addition to talking therapies.

Faster learning

Horses reflect the fears and anxieties that are being felt by clients. This can help people to understand their own internal processes more quickly and speed up emotional insights.

Relationship insights

Observing herd dynamics can help clients to better understand the dynamics in their own relationships, family and community. Horses become living, breathing metaphors for challenges and experiences.

Skills development

Interaction with horses helps people to have a more positive attitude so they can improve their relationships and develop skills in assertiveness, problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and non-verbal communication.


Individual session

50-minute session with our horses, an equine specialist and mental health professional.


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Whānau session

50 minute sessions for up to four participants with our horses and qualified specialists.


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We are an approved WINZ provider

Are you receiving financial assistance from WINZ such as a disability allowance? You can contact a WINZ case manager to discuss accessing a subsidy to fund your Salta Horses therapy sessions. Usually we provide up to six sessions per client and WINZ can pay Salta Horses directly, removing the need to sort out reimbursements.

Getting started

Send an email to and submit a participation/referral form. We will contact you to arrange an initial half hour consultation to learn about you and what you want to get out of working with Salta Horses.

When you attend your sessions, please dress for the weather, with closed-in, sturdy footwear.

Possible outcomes may include:

  • Better engagement with therapy
  • Improved communication (verbal and non-verbal)
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Greater self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Reduced stress and fatigue
  • New emotional insights
  • New patterns of behaviour
  • More resilience when facing challenges
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stronger relationships