With its array of donated items like clothes, books and bric-a-brac, newly opened The Thrift & Thrive Shop on Kingussie Street in Kenmore may look like just another secondhand store, but it stands for a unique and noble purpose.

Officially opened on Friday, 1st March 2019, the new thrift shop aims to serve the community by raising money for Reason to Thrive’s equine-assisted learning programs.

Official opening of Thrift & Thrive
Official Opening of The Thrift & Thrive Shop
Photo credit: Reason to Thrive video/Facebook

Reason to Thrive is a registered charitable institution. The organisation promotes the wellbeing of disabled and at-risk children or adults experiencing distress and/or mental health problems. It does this through equine-assisted learning (EAL) and therapy.


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What is Equine-Assisted Learning?

EAL is an innovative form of experiential learning that encourages disadvantaged or disengaged individuals to gain emotional control. Also, the equine-human interaction helps develop effective communication and body language skills.

This type of therapy is suitable for all ages and no horse knowledge or experience is necessary.

Equine-human interaction
Photo credit: Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay

Horses are in tune with human behaviour. They often act as a mirror of people’s internal landscape, so constant interaction with these creatures helps an individual acquire heightened self-awareness.

Interactions with equines also provide opportunities to teach critical life skills such as trust, respect, compassion, honesty, humility, and communication.


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Overall, participants gain self-esteem, self-confidence and all critical elements supporting self-growth from relational experiences with horses.

Reason to Thrive develops programs for:

  • Disengaged youth
  • Special needs kids
  • Veterans and their families
  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Survivors of domestic violence
  • People facing mental health challenges
Horses in tune with human behavior
Photo credit: rihaij/Pixabay

If you can’t make a donation, you are welcome to visit The Thrift & Thrive Shop and snap up a bargain. It is a fantastic opportunity for a small charity.

For details, click here.


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