Welcome to our Centre!
For over 50 years McIntyre Centre has provided equine-assisted activities and therapies to support people with disability.
We use the special horse-human relationship to help people reach their goals, develop new skills, and achieve personal growth.
Our range of equine-assisted activities have a number of proven social, physical, and mental health benefits including:
- Building independence, understanding and comprehension
- Learning how to regulate emotions
- Enhancing communication skills
- Developing core strength, balance and coordination and endurance
- Improving fine and gross motor skills
- Being part of a team and the broader McIntyre community
Our inclusive range of programs cater to participants, families, and schools. We work with our clients to create individualised programs based on specific learning goals. Our centre is also integrated with the Pinjarra Hills Help Disability Care Hub.
We wouldn’t be who we are without our four-legged friends! Our horses interact with lots of different people every day which is why it’s so important for us to make sure that each and every member of our herd is right for the job.
Finding the right horse is really tough and a lot of time is spent searching for our next unicorn. Many of our horses come from either sporting or working backgrounds. Sometimes we get lucky and people will call us about a horse they have for sale, but most of the time we have to spend hours searching online for the right horse. Either way, we have a strict set of guidelines that we must follow to ensure that the horse is suitable for the centre.
Horses must be:
- Between 5-15 years old
- Broken to saddle and be experienced with riders. We can’t have horses that are just learning.
- Healthy; have no injuries or conditions that are going to stop them from doing their job
- Teachable; have an open, easy-going attitude.
- Resilient; We need a horse that is resilient and isn’t going to get scared easily.
It’s a very long process but we need to make sure that only the very best horses are picked in order to keep our participants, volunteers, and staff safe.
McIntyre Centre also has a team of trained volunteers who help keep our centre running. As a volunteer you can:
- Provide hands-on assistance in our mounted and unmounted programs as horse leaders side walkers and support staff to our participants who require additional physical and emotional support.
- Assist in the preparation of our horses for sessions including grooming, tacking, and untacking and stable management.
- Contribute to property and herd maintenance through tasks such as tractor driving, property improvements such as fencing, plumbing, and equipment maintenance.
Interested in volunteering at McIntyre Centre? Click to find out more.
Affiliations & Accreditations
We are a PATH International Centre Member, and an accredited Centre of Excellence for Riding for the Disabled Association Queensland (RDAQ).