Hoofbeats Sanctuary is an initiative of Kanyini Connections Ltd. (formerly called I Give A Buck Foundation of Australia Ltd.).

Established in 2009, Kanyini Connections Ltd is a charity (operating as a Australia Public Company Limited by Guarantee) fully endorsed as a Public Benevolent Institution, Deductible Gift Recipient and Tax Concession Charity. Kanyini Connections Ltd is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Our charitable purpose is to support vulnerable children, youth and adults – with a particular focus on those impacted by trauma, neglect or abuse.

Hoofbeats Sanctuary was established in 2019. The sanctuary is a safe space for those living with the mental health challenges that result from trauma, abuse or neglect, to come together in a supportive, non-judgemental environment, free from all forms of pressure, to learn to heal, grow and flourish.

Our History

Before creating our Hoofbeats Sanctuary we ran several trials to find out exactly what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to using horses to heal at-risk children.  We trialed private sessions, small group sessions (maximum of 4 children) and large group sessions (maximum of 8 children) … read more

Annual Review

Our first year was anything but smooth – from drought to bush fires to the COVID-19 pandemic it’s a wonder we achieved anything at all! But, thanks to the amazing dedication of our volunteer team and some incredible support from Sunshine Coast Council, program sponsors and a major donor the year ended with much to celebrate … read more

Our Vision

Simply put, our vision is that all those impacted by trauma, neglect or abuse can receive the assistance they need to live the best life they can. Often, the circumstances that created their trauma, also results in mental health challenges and financial disadvantage – making it all but impossible to access therapeutic programs … read more

How Funds Are Spent

Our major cost (by far) is the cost of the rescue, rehabilitation and ongoing care of our horses and ponies. We do not ever re-home an animal as there is simply no way to guarantee the level of love and care that they will receive at their new home. We would never risk any of our horses being neglected or abused ever again in their lives … read more

Our People

The Sanctuary operates almost solely with a volunteer workforce! From just 2 volunteers on Day 1, the team now comprises more than 40 of the most beautiful, kind, gentle and talented people that you could ever meet. From Horse Care to Gardening to Mentoring to Fundraising to Grounds Maintenance they do it all … read more

Our Sponsors

Our program sponsors are not just helping us to sleep better at night, they are sending out a very public message of their commitment to helping not only the incredible horses and ponies in our herd but some of the most vulnerable children in our community. If you’d like to become a sponsor, please get in touch … read more