broken horses. broken people.

healing each other.

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

Produced and Directed by

Nick Barkla

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ESCAPADE MEDIA has secured worldwide rights

Natalie Lawley says: “Escapade has followed this project during the last 18 months, and we are delighted to have secured the distribution rights. This film examines the global issue of military PTSD in a new light through equine welfare. The healing of both human and horse. We are really looking forward to launching this film.”



THE HEALING highlights the groundbreaking work of the Thoroughbred and Veteran Welfare Alliance, whose mission is to transform the lives of traumatised ex-racehorses and military veterans.

For the discarded horses, the Alliance’s program 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 dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, homelessness and suicide, the 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 veterans are dying, so please support us by hitting DONATE here or at the top of the page. 

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

Nick Barkla    Director

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