broken horses. broken heroes.

healing each other.

A feature length documentary about transformation and getting a second chance in life.

Produced and Directed by

Nick Barkla

Latest News

Tickets on sale now! In October to November 2023, The Healing is going on tour with Director Nick Barkla, Horseman Scott Brodie and military veteran Mel Baker for cinema screening and Q&A in major Australian capital cities. Get your tickets here. For every ticket sold, 50% of profits go to Horse Aid to help support veterans, serving Defence members and first responders with their mental wellbeing. Sydney and Brisbane has sold out.

Our award-winning film reaches Europe & Asia THE HEALING was screened on YLE in Finland, and on 26 July 2023 those in Thailand can see the documentary on True Explore SCI (channel 561).

THE HEALING was played to all staff of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide around Australia on 15 March 2023. In Sydney, Scott Brodie and Mel Baker were present for a Q&A. 

THE HEALING has won the Beyond Blue Best Film for Hope and Resilience in the Veterans Film Festival in Sydney November 2022.


THE HEALING highlights the groundbreaking work of Scott Brodie, whose mission is to transform the lives of traumatised ex-racehorses and military veterans, and first responders.

For the discarded horses, Scott’s work is literally the difference between life and death. They are retrained for second careers as equestrian, recreational or therapy horses, and saved from a lifetime of loneliness, misery or slaughter. 

For the veterans and first responders dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, homelessness and suicide, Scott’s program enables them to re-engage with life. They learn new skills that increase confidence, provide new employment opportunities, and see them reconnect with family and friends.

At its core THE HEALING is a dramatic, emotional, inspiring story that contains a strong message of hope and healing. It also provides compelling evidence of a program that has the ability to revolutionise the ways in which the military and racing industries treat discarded veterans and horses. 

Too many horses and ex-service personnel are dying, so please support Scott’s work at Horse Aid by hitting DONATE here or at the top of the page. 

All donations to Horse Aid are 100% tax deductible. We can’t wait to share this film with you, and from everyone involved – thank you for your support!

Nick Barkla    Director