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“There is no denying the wild horse in us.”
– Virginia Woolf

MEET YOUR THERAPIST

Hi, I’m Alienor. I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast with my two children, eight horses, two dogs, two cats, and chooks. This is my story about how I became the Founder and Director of Wild at Heart Equine Assisted Therapy. And it all started with three (3) Brumbies and a trek through the Aussie outback, harnessing the power of horse wisdom.
For as long as I have known, I’ve had a deep passion for nature and animals, especially horses. Born and raised in France, I have had numerous adventures seeking an enriched life and discovering different cultures. It was here that I fell in love with the Australian outback where I worked intermittently for 12 years in remote Indigenous communities in the Central Desert, providing youth programs and casework.
Then in 2017, I completed Australia’s National Trail, traversing 5330kms along the Great Dividing Range from Victoria to Far North Queensland, solo, with three brumbies and my dog.
That experience and spending an abundant amount of time with my horses in nature, transformed my life. Soon after completing the expedition, I knew I wanted to work with horses and people by sharing the benefits these sensitive and resilient beings can offer us.
I am a qualified, trauma-informed Counsellor specialised in Equine Assisted Therapy and Sensorimotor Art Therapy, always upskilling and expanding my qualifications. Additionally, I am also a member of the ACA (Australian Counselling Association). I have been a volunteer coach and committee member with Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Bundaberg for three years.
As a therapist, I love helping people understand their nervous system by reconnecting them with animals and nature. By supporting children and adults to feel grounded and safe, they gain awareness and self-regulation tools, utilising person-centered, nature based and mindfulness practices.
So, if you need professional support that is inclusive and tailor-made, contact me.
Wild at Heart Equine Assisted Therapy is located on a stunning 25-acre property in the beautiful Sunshine Coast, just minutes from the small country town of Kin Kin, with easy access from Noosa and Gympie.

Meet The Herd

“A horse is not just a horse. They are sanity. They are happiness. They are a teacher and therapist. They are your best friend who will love you unconditionally”. Anon
The horses that assist our sessions are Guy Fawkes Heritage horses from the Guy Fawkes River National Park in NSW, also known as brumbies. They are specifically suited to this kind of work due to their hyper-sensitivity, natural instincts and heightened awareness. I have trained and spent considerable time understanding each horse, and know the intricate details of their personality.
The three (3) horses in my therapy herd are the brumbies that I completed my 13 month solo trek on the national trail. I wrote about the adventure and journey in my book Wild at Heart.

GET TO KNOW THE HERD

Cooper

Cooper is a buckskin Guy Fawkes Brumby Gelding who was captured in 2014.
He is approximately 13 years old with a very gentle, kind nature, and a beautiful big
heart. As such, Cooper has a fond place in my heart, and we hold a special bond.

River

River is a Palomino Guy Fawkes Brumby gelding captured in 2015. He is
approximately 11 years old and is the alfa male of the herd. However, despite his alfa traits and attitude, River is extremely gentle with humans. For three (3) years, I have worked with River and his pleasant nature, where he has shown me impressive resilience during his Ridden Sessions For Children With Disability.

Roxanne

Roxanne is a Bay Guy Fawkes mare that was captured in 2010. She is approximately 20 years old and is a wise and gentle Brumby. Previously, she was owned by a person with a disability, which is why her amazing stamina and work ethic make her an irreplaceable rock of comfort.

Caline

(Cuddles in French) Caline is a miniature Appaloosa mare, and she is the 2nd youngest of the herd, at five (5) years old. Initially, I bought her as a pony for my son due to her quiet temperament. However, she prefers not to be ridden and enjoys personal interactions and attention due to her sensitivity and kindness.

Carousel

Carousel is a Miniature Bay mare and is Caline’s full sister. She is the baby of our horse family, four (4) years old, and completes our team wonderfully. Carousel has a big personality and is full of spunk, loving all the attention she can get all while receiving scratches and cuddles.

Caline

(Cuddles in French) Caline is a miniature Appaloosa mare, and she is the 2nd youngest of the herd, at five (5) years old. Initially, I bought her as a pony for my son due to her quiet temperament. However, she prefers not to be ridden and enjoys personal interactions and attention due to her sensitivity and kindness.

Carousel

Carousel is a Miniature Bay mare and is Caline’s full sister. She is the baby of our horse family, four (4) years old, and completes our team wonderfully. Carousel has a big personality and is full of spunk, loving all the attention she can get all while receiving scratches and cuddles.

The Wild at Heart Experience

GUY FAWKES RIVER HERITAGE HORSES

“A great horse will change your life”. Anon
Formed from the alarming cull of over 600 wild Brumbies in the Guy Fawkes River National Park in the year 2000 and due to public and media outrage, wanting a clear explanation as to the culling, the GFHHA was born.
They aim to rehome wild Brumbies, also known as Heritage Horses.
Did you know that the Brumbies are an integral link in the history of Australia? They were used not only in the military but also in daily life, working the land. Considered to be kind, strong, confident and resilient animals, they adapt well to their environment and the people around them.
If you want to learn more or invest in a Brumby, please visit the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association.