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This Story written by Eythan Rosel , a young lad of 18 years old who went through mental health break down due to been bullied at his work place, and relationship breakdown, and now on the road of recovery

In the last couple of months my life went from meaningless to so fully of meaning and purpose and I just want to thank everyone who has helped me and made me realise there is actually a light at the end of the tunnel , that I need to keep striving to be better. I moved back home and got my apprenticeship up here In chch thanks to mum amazing mum (Stacey)I’ve done things I never thought I could do like ride a Fucken horse 😂 I was shit scared of them but thanks to dad (Cain) and Terry I overcame that fear and have found my passion and my talent ( some might say 😂😂) and friendship with half a tonne animal (shamus)I’ve rebuilt my bmw e36 pretty much by myself, I’ve travelled with my mates(Ebony etc) to places I’ve never been or have been I’ve made true friends, dropped toxic people out of my life, made the most amazing memorable experiences ever and to think I was ready to take my own life.....! Just thank you all so much for being there for me and putting up with my early life breakdown/series of unfortunate events 

Cyclone Gabrielle Storm

Very proud moment for the Anzac Mounts as we see Trooper Eythan leave Christchurch via a C130 to help Northland Communities restore some much needed power.

Thanks must go to the numerous supporters of the Anzac Mounts and the Troopers for their wiliness to serve their communities.

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Shared from the 9/15/2022 North Canterbury News eEdition

Horses helping change lives


The single act of learning to ride a horse has changed the life of Eythan Rosel of Waikuku Beach.

“Learning how to form a bond with an animal, to trust them and to learn how to care for them has really changed my life for the better,” said 20 year›old Eythan.

“Horses reflect how you feel and when I was referred to Terry Kingi’s Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Mounted Trust’s rehab equine programme three years ago by my dad, I was not in a good place as a teenager.”

Eythan says he was initially scared of horses but the programme showed him how to understand animals, how to ride safely and how to approach life with a lot more confidence.

This new confidence and the life skills he has learnt with the Trust has allowed him to complete an apprenticeship as a line man.

“I would never have believed I could do it three years ago and look at me now, it’s all thanks to Terry and the guys at the Trust,” he says.

One of his many highlights was taking part in Anzac Day parades.

“I was riding to represent the fallen soldiers, and it was very emotional for me doing that, I felt so proud to be there riding on a horse.”

Eythan still travels up to St James Station near Hanmer Springs most weekends to help the trust and help deliver its riding programmes.

The Anzac Mounts Equine Rehab Unit equine therapy programme is a new and innovative approach torelax, expand, and to encourage enough interest for participants to step outside their comfort zones and challenge themselves with something new, different and interesting.

It’s aimed at men and older boys suffering mental difficulties, especially those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from having served in the Military.

Foundation Trustee Terry Kingi says the innovative programme was successfully trialled overseas and works by participants taking responsibility for the care of a trusting horse (a big animal) and building a bond based on trust, touch, care and respect.

“Those participating in the programme are stepping away from a passive position to a much stronger place where they are controlling their own destiny.

“For the thousands of years horses and men have worked in unison and this has saved both the men and horses mental health, creating a special bond that has been recognised to aid both.

“When we get the young lads into horse riding, we love to see the huge smiles they produce after just a short time in the saddle.

“They grow in leaps and bounds, and have lots of fun doing something they never thought they would ever get the chance to do, and for me that is best reward ever!”

Terry says the culmination of the participants efforts and the continued support by numerous agencies over the past 12 months, led to a display team entered into Pegasus Adult Riding Club’s 40›year celebration ribbon day at the Rangiora Showgrounds on Sunday.

“Taking the time to teach modern horsemanship, and applying it to the well being of the future of the team, has strengthen the Trust’s resolve to continue their work,” says Terry.


Shared from the 9/15/2022 North Canterbury News

Proud . . . Eythan Rosel 20, of Waikuku Beach, proudly stands with his horse, the pair were part of a display team entered into Pegasus Adult Riding Club’s 40›year celebration ribbon day at the Rangiora Showgrounds on Sunday. Eythan was part of the Equine Rehab Unit’s equine therapy programme for three years.


Te Whatu Ora

Health New Zealand

Mr Terry King

The ANZAC Mounts Equine Rehab Unit

23 Hewetts Rd,

Hawarden 7385


12 December 2022

RE: Equine Therapy

I am writing to sincerely thank you and your team for the Equine Therapy mahi you have provided for men with historic trauma (PTSD).

In my role as the Clinical Social Work Lead for Te Whatu Ora Te Tai O Poutini I have had many interactions with clients suffering PTSD and the effects of this on their wellbeing and those around them. Part of my role is facilitating a support group for men. Many of who struggle from day to day because of past trauma, often leading to behaviours that are self detrimental or harmful to others.

The Equine Therapy which has been facilitated by the ANZAC Mounts Rehabilitation Unit has been amazingly beneficial to those clients I have referred to the equine therapy service over the past 4 years.

Among those services you've provided:

Greymouth based day programme for adults of historical sexual abuse  Visit to the Greymouth adult mental health inpatient unit, Manaakitanga

Visit to Dementia care and rehabilitation unit, Kahurangi

Ongoing peer support of clients attending programmes

Several overnight programmes for men with PTSD held at St James homestead

Training of peer supporters to assist with the equine rehabilitation programme

Advocating for appropriate professional services to be provided to clients

Emergency response providing practical, emotional and therapeutic early intervention

Provision of personalised one to one program for clients

With adventure therapy as a well researched model of experience activity-based therapy using challenging activities to aid the therapeutic healing process and facilitating change on a psychological or psychosocial level. The ANZAC Mounts Equine Rehab Unit use of horses has alloweds an added element of building relationship, trust and empathy with the environment, this is significant when attempting to overcome entrenched PTSD survival type behaviours that hinder recovery. You have provided many experiences that offer an exceptional learning environment for clients to learn to take managed risk and gain the power of control over their lives again. I have seen first hand the joy on my clients faces as they have achieved a personal breakthrough due to your programme.

Yours Sincerely,


Simon Burges-Short

Social Work Clinical Lead Te Tai o Poutini / West Coast waea pükoro:  Tmöra:


Te Whatu Ora — Health New Zealand

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