Charity with heart: harnessing horsepower for wellbeing - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

Pictured: H.E.A.R.T.’s Keira Byrnes with program participant Lucas.

As one of the first ever recipients of a Bayside Community Fund grant, H.E.A.R.T. – an acronym for Hemmant Equine Agistment Riding and Therapy – is changing lives by pairing young people with horses.

It seems a healthy dose of farm life might be just what young people need to thrive in the city. H.E.A.R.T. programs are about more than just learning to ride; they teach resilience, leadership, responsibility and teamwork to foster physical and mental wellbeing while caring for horses.

These mighty animals are full of heart, strong yet gentle, and young people involved in H.E.A.R.T. equine programs enjoy the fun – and the hard work – that comes from caring for and interacting with the horses.

Charities like H.E.A.R.T. punch above their weight when it comes to giving back to the community. As a local volunteer-run organisation, community support is essential. If you’d like to find out more or make a donation, go to, and check out the profile on page 32 of this issue.

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