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Equine Therapy

Spending time in a safe, calm environment, learning basic horsemanship and developing a trusting relationship with a trained horse is proven to have a positive impact on mental and emotional wellbeing, particularly for those who are struggling with anxiety, depression and other emotional challenges.
The benefits of equine therapy include:
  • building trust and confidence
  • improving physical wellbeing
  • enhancing social skills
  • building confidence to open up and communicate
  • improving personal relationships.

Mates4Mates offers equine therapy programs for both individuals and couples in locations around Australia. 

 “Time and time again you hear about the benefits of Equine Therapy, but until you actually experience it – experience the connection you make between yourself and the horse; the emotional and the physical connection; until you’ve actually experienced that first-hand – words don’t really do it justice.” – a veteran on his experience in the Mates4Mates Equine Therapy Program.


There are 20 scholarships for studies commencing or being undertaken in 2020. Each one is valued at up to $4,000 a year for up to three years.

The provision of scholarship funding is managed within strict guidelines.

To be eligible, you must be:

  • an ex-serving Defence member
  • ineligible for other Defence education and training assistance 
  • not in regular, full-time employment
  • enrolled or planning to enrol in an undergraduate, tertiary or vocational training course
  • able to demonstrate hardship or vulnerability since transitioning from ADF.
Applications open on 18 August 2019 and will remain open until filled, or until the 2021 scholarship round opens.


The application process is to allow partners of former and current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members to apply for scholarships under the RSL Partner Scholarship program. This program is supportive of education and training courses to aid in partners’ employability.

Assessment of Applications:

Your application will be acknowledged via email once received by RSL Queensland. All application forms submitted will be checked to confirm the applicant and proposed education and training course meets the intent and eligibility criteria of the program.

Completing your Form:

All mandatory fields and submission of forms outlined in this application must be completed in order to be assessed by RSL Queensland. Incomplete or partially completed forms will be returned to applicants.

Outcome of Applications:

Applicants will be notified via email of the outcome at the conclusion of the assessment.

Your Responsibility:

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they have read the RSL Partner Scholarship Guidelines and that their request meets the intent and eligibility criteria of the program.

Approved applicants must advise RSL Queensland ( of any subsequent changes in circumstances relating to:

a) change in relationship status
b) change to residential location
c) change in employment status
d) change to approved study (including fee alterations)

Applicants should be aware that giving false or misleading information may lead to rejection of the application.

Application Assistance:

Should assistance be required in completing the form, email RSL Queensland (

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