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Equine Connections

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“Equine-facilitated psychotherapy is a promising approach to address self-esteem, depression, and other emotional or psychological problems. Restoration of the trauma victim’s capacity for recovery hinges on provision of safety and development of trust, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. Thus, recovery from trauma represents an ideal context for exploring the therapeutic impact of equine–human relationships. The six participants in this study recognized that their pre-existing relationships with horses were therapeutic during recovering from trauma, defined as sufficient to have caused significant change in the participant’s life.”

See more click Therapeutic Value Of Equine Human Bonding in Recovery of Trauma


Terrebonne, QC - Équi-Sens

Programme destiné aux militaires, vétérans et premiers répondants francophones faisant face au choc post-traumatique et aux problématiques liées au stress opérationnel en partenariat avec le cheval agissant comme moyen d’intervention. (modèle EAGALA, aucune monte à cheval)

Equi-Sens est le seul centre francophone offrant des séances d’intervention assistée par le cheval. Le tout avec un équipe de professionnels formée tant en santé mentale qu’avec les chevaux. Un programme favorisant le retour à la vie civile, de vivre dans le moment présent avec une approche humaniste misant sur les forces de la personne, de ses prises de conscience et en ayant le cheval comme outil d’apprentissage sur le terrain.

Chantal Soucy, Certifié EAGALA

Fondatrice, directrice, IAACET
Centre Équestre Thérapeutique Équi-Sens
1285, Chemin Saint-Roch, Terrebonne (Québec) J6Y 1E1

Tél: (450) 434-7367 – Cell: (514) 803-7293
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EquuSpirit: Healing with Horses is an equine-facilitated psychotherapy program that is trauma-specific, grounded in the neuroscience and biophysiology of working with shock and attachment trauma.
Integrating the principles of Somatic Experiencing (a body-oriented therapy for working with the complex physical, emotional, mental and relational dynamics of trauma, PTSD and OSI), as well as mindfulness, experiential learning and other techniques, the EquuSpirit program is one of only a handful of sites in North America to specialize in using these approaches in collaboration with horses as co-therapists. The program draws from the Equine-Facilitated Wellness model developed at Generation Farms in Nanaimo, BC, aspects of the Eponaquest Approach and Adventures in Awareness, as well as the EAGALA model.
Specific weekend workshops and 1:1 sessions are offered for first responders.
If coming from outside the region, please ask about local accommodations or about the possibility of setting up a healing intensive (1, 3 or 5 days in length, combining equine therapy and in-office trauma treatment).

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Contact Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP at
Phone: 1-855-7REFUGE

Enterprise, ON - Charmed

2019 PTSD Groups Feb-Mar (1) (1)

Charmed Horse Assisted Wellness Centre

578 Brown Road, Enterprise, Ont., K0K 1Z0

We are so excited to offer both a PTSD Therapy Group Program, and a PTSD Peer Support and Discussion Group Program for all First Responders and Front-Line Workers.  These Programs are specifically geared to those suffering with symptoms causing PTSD, and will be suitable for those who may have already been diagnosed with PTSD, and for those who may have symptoms and have not been diagnosed.

The EAGALA model will be used, which is an experiential therapy, that uses horses.  A Registered Psychotherapist, and an Equine Specialist are both present during each session to ensure the mental wellbeing and the safety of the client(s).  EAGALA is a globally recognized program, currently operating in about 50 countries.  EAGALA follows a Code of Ethics, that all facilitators are held to.  More about EAGALA see

Why horses?  Horses are prey animals, whose instinctual nature gives them the ability to read and react to the emotions around them, and gives the client the opportunity to practice new coping skills with an experience that is real and life changing.

Please wear warm clothing and boots, as sessions will take place inside the insulated barn or indoor arena.  There is a bathroom in the lounge, and plenty of parking available.  Hot beverages, water and snacks will be provided.

Check with your health insurance provider, as some will cover psychotherapy and groups.  Payment for each six-week program is required upon registration, and can either be paid by e-transfer to, or by cash to Donna O’Connell, or by cheque to Charmed Horse Assisted Wellness Centre.  Please register by February 5th, 2019.  Cancellations must be 48 hours prior to February 7th for reimbursement.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Donna Phone: 613-358-9058

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Kars, ON - H.E.L.P. Heroes. Equine. Learning. Program.

H.E.L.P. retreat is a confidential, three day, peer based equine program for any service member, veteran or first responder who faces post-traumatic stress and operational injuries. Sessions are held at Tranquil Acres Inc., 40 minutes south of Ottawa city center. H.E.L.P. retreat includes all meals, accommodations and transportation.

This program is not intended as therapy. Building a relationship between the participant and the horse allows problem solving, solution development and effective and invaluable methods for healing. No riding is involved. All exercises with the horses will be on the ground.

Prior horse experience is not necessary. The participant’s physical and emotional safety is always at the forefront of what we do. Tranquil Acres Inc. is certified in the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model and follows their code of ethics.

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Contact us: 7405 Third Line Road, Kars/Ottawa, Ontario K0A 2E0

Telephone: 613-489-5294


Website: EAGALA certification training program coming to Ottawa. For more information on how to become a certified eagala certified facilitator, register for the training, or learn more about EAGALA please visit Accommodations available at Tranquil Acres Guest House first come first serve. To book a rooms please contact Tranquil Acres at or call 613-489-5294. Credit cards will be required to book a room.


Staffordville, ON - Horse-Drawn Insights at Spirit's Whisper Ranch

55807 Jackson Line, Staffordville, Ontario N0J 1Y0

Kristi Rockley has 20 years experience policing with Waterloo Regional and York Regional police departments. Through Kristi’s own personal experience she learned that your life can’t revolve around your policing career without a cost. We all need a healthy balance in our lives, especially those of us involved in emergency services or military careers. Kristi found that healthy balance in “Spirit”, her beloved quarter horse. As a result she now offers individual, family, and team programs designed to encourage every person to embrace their life with intention and authenticity. Our programs are designed to support you along your journey by offering a transformational experience that will enrich your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Our programs have been created around the idea of “horse-guided learning”. As a prey animal, horses naturally have a heightened level of awareness and connection to their environment. Horses trust their instincts and rely on clear communication for survival. As a result, horses are actually fantastic coaches for people! They are candidly honest, have no hidden agenda, and no ego.

Those at Spirit’s Whisper Ranch offer an environment of non-judgemental support to those looking to heal and grow in their personal life journey. Horses can be very powerful in assisting and supporting emergency services personnel, in re-connecting with their authentic self and life purpose through the way of the horse.

Phone: 519-872-8800


Sundridge, ON - Hoof by Hoof

Equine Assisted Learning

Hoof By Hoof Equine Assisted Learning is located just south of Sundridge, Ontario, and is nestled within the beauty and serenity of the Almaguin Highlands.  It offers a range of unique experiential Equine Assisted Learning opportunities for participants of all ages. 

Our Equine teachers do not judge, they do not criticize and they do not lie.  However, as prey animals, they have an intrinsic awareness and intuitiveness that is utilized to form bonds, connections and effective working partnerships. 

Through the process of visualizing life through the “eyes” of the horse, participants are able to develop new perspective, understanding and ways of facing challenges that can transform into enhanced self-confidence and self-awareness, enhanced communication skills, enhanced leadership skills, and enhanced relationships with self and others.  The experiential nature of the program enables participants to transfer their new knowledge and awareness into improved coping skills, improved thought processing, and an overall improvement in creating balance, self-care and resiliency within both personal and work aspects of life. Interaction with the horses also bares witness to the elements of forgiveness, compassion and empathy in a way that no other animal or human can teach.  Our equine teachers show, and teach us what it truly means to be able to live in a manner whereby we can let go of the past, forego the worries of the future, and truly live in the present moment.  They take us on a journey that provides an opportunity to reconnect with our intuitive mind in a way that builds mindfulness and resiliency, and that promotes a healthier, more balanced, and more meaningful connection between mind, body and soul.

Contact us for further information on our programs, or to inquire about developing specialized workshops for those in trauma-exposed workplaces.  Let our equine teachers help guide you on a journey towards greater awareness, balance and connections within your life.

Betty Hagey, Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator




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Southwestern, ON - Leading Edge Equine Academy


Leading Edge Equine Academy is conveniently and centrally located near Woodstock, On. We serve Southwestern Ontario including London, Stratford, Kitchener-Waterloo plus Toronto and the GTA .  Leading Edge offers empowerment programs for both individuals and organizations.  Specially designed packages are provided for organizations for team development.

What is Equine Assisted Therapy?

Equine Assisted Therapy is an innovative, evidence-based therapy practice which builds on the human-horse connection to help people learn more about themselves and to use that learning to change their lives. Equine Assisted Therapy involves no riding or horsemanship, making it both safe and effective. Clients work directly with horses face-to-face on the same footing. This ground level work enables clients to better perceive the horses' actions and reactions as they work to process and solve their life challenges.

Equine Assisted Therapy aids in the healing of:

  • Grief & Loss
  • Disordered Eating
  • Relationship Issues
  • Divorce
  • Feeling Stuck
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety

How it works

Under the trained eye of the Treatment Team, consisting of a Mental Health Professional and a  Certified Equine Specialist, the horses offer clients honest feedback and usable information that helps them determine, for themselves what is best to build and sustain effective change in their own lives.  Through their intuitive and sensitive nature, horses guide clients to find the resolutions needed for them to live healthier, happier lives.
515588 11th Line, Woodstock OntarioN4S 7V7




Brentwood, ON - New Horserizons


New Horserizons is run by Maud Revel in Brentwood, On , about 10 minutes outside of Canadian Forces Base Borden. Maud is a certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator of the Dreamwinds / Cartier Farms program. Her programs are hosted by Kuruka Equestrian, and use a covered arena all year round.

We use horses because they are naturally very aware of their surroundings. They trust their instinct. They don’t judge. They don’t laugh. They react to us and as such, they are great teachers of leadership and communication!

One of our programs, One Hoof at a Time, is a FREE program for First Responders and Military members affected by Post Traumatic Stress. This program is not intended as therapy. Our participants work on communication, problem solving and listening skills with a team of people and horses, all of this done safely from the ground.

We also offer couple, family and team building sessions (at a cost) based on fun, self-discovery and horse discovery.

New Horserizons offre des sessions d’apprentissage assisté par les chevaux à Brentwood en Ontario, à 10 minutes de la Base des Forces canadiennes Borden.  One Hoof at a Time est un programme GRATUIT pour les militaires et les premiers répondants affectés par le stress post-traumatique. Ce programme n’est pas une thérapie. Nos participants développent des compétences de communication, de résolution de problèmes et d’écoute active, lors d’exercices réalisés avec une équipe de personnes et un cheval.

Nous offrons aussi des sessions payantes en couple, en famille ou en équipe de travail centrées sur la découverte de soi et du cheval, le tout en s’amusant.

Contact : Maud Revel, MA, EAL facilitator

Tel : 705-730-2285

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Tottenham, ON - Horse Spirit Connections

Wendy and Andre developed the FEEL (Facilitated Equine Experiential Healing)® model and have been providing a highly respected FEEL Certification Training Program since 2008.

Horses bring you back home to yourself.  With unconditional love, they see beyond the masks and armouring that hide the pain and gently mirror back to us our coping behaviours that may now be inappropriate for both us and our family and community. People feel safe in the presence of one of our wise horse teachers and ‘feel felt’. Our

horses form an intimate connection and softly help stuck emotions find their release. Their natural ‘vigilance’ provides a resonance with frontline service responders.

Our facility, including a covered arena, allows for private sessions, group workshops, and family intensives. We offer overnight accommodations with full kitchen facilities in our private Lodge.

Horse Spirit Connections is located outside of Tottenham, Ontario. Our network includes FEEL Graduates across Canada who can deliver equine programs in your vicinity.

We are honoured to contribute to your healing journey.

For more information please contact Wendy Golding

Phone: 905 936 445

Lyndsey McKeown is a Social Worker, registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work degree. She has been working in the mental health and trauma field since 2006, working in areas of Early Psychosis Intervention, interpersonal trauma and childhood sexual abuse as well as anxiety, depression and life transitions. Lyndsey has been co-facilitating Trauma groups for child sexual abuse and interpersonal trauma for adults and teens, CBT for depression and anxiety groups, Mindfulness and Mindfulness Self Compassion Groups and has been running DBT-Informed groups.

Horses have always been a major role in her life growing up and as an adult. Facilitated Experiential Equine Learning (FEEL) / Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT) have allowed her to fuse together traditional therapy and experience with her passion and love for horses to offer a unique opportunity for transformative healing. Horses connect us though a deeper mind, body and spiritual connection to discover our own authentic self and stories. Come see what a horse as your teacher can offer you!

"I truly believe in the alternative based healing that horses provide which is achieved through the creation of a sacred and supportive space that is heart-centered and soul led with the horse playing the role of an integral partner in this process. Horses offer humans a sense of strength, freedom, vitality and compassion. I have seen and received the teachings and transformations horses can offer and hope to share this with you. Come experience this journey with a horse teacher, and embrace a new way of being. Radiate your brilliance and stand in your shining!"

Phone: 905-251-1530

Advanced FEEL Certification
Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON
Phone: 905-251-1530

Otterville, ON - SonFlower Stables

Horses Healing Human Needs in Collaboration with Resolution Therapies 🌻

Mary Howe is the owner/operator of a not-for-profit business in Otterville, named Sonflower Stables and works as a Grief Resolution Specialist. SonFlower Stables offers a unique blend of Equine Facilitated Learning complimented with Life coping skills with our Grief Resolution Therapies for ages 3 thru 90+…This Process encourages the participant to acknowledge the root of their Grief and suffering. Horses eliminate the denial and power struggle that can occur with humans
“Magical” is a word that comes up several times when trying to describe how it feels to participate in equine-facilitated learning. Why horses and not dogs, you might ask? The simple answer is that horses are the only animal that mirror human behaviour. Both have similar limbic systems within their brains and exhibit similar emotions, from peace and contentment to animosity and jealousy.
At SonFlower Stables we have a devoted TEAM of HORSES who are uniquely sensitive to the Emotional,Psychological Personal development within each human need – Equine Assisted Learning Sessions help us observe the participants requirements of growth – we offer coping skills that will empower their day to day lives within their Work Place, Home, School, Families and Friends…

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Phone: (519) 718-1432
FB page: SonFlower Stables – Horses Healing Human Need


Fort Saskatchewan, AB - War Horse Awareness Foundation

As a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Deanna Schmaltz has over 16 years of service in law enforcement. After struggling with depression following a career ending injury, Deanna was able to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to cope with her injury and with the traumatic events she encountered throughout her career. In 2013, Deanna made the decision to discharge from the RCMP.

In an effort to help others struggling with occupational stress injuries she created the War Horse Awareness Foundation. The War Horse Awareness Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping frontline service providers and their families live the lives they deserve to live.

The War Horse Awareness Foundation offers unique equine-assisted programs for frontline service providers and their families that address operational stress injuries. These programs have been in existence for several years and have shown to be highly successful in helping frontline service providers deal with these specific issues. These equine-based programs are exceptional and very effective; however, the organization is committed to getting frontline service providers and their families connected with the resources and programs that best suit their individual and collective needs.

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Laval, QC - Zen Equus Ranch


Zen Equus Ranch is a charitable organization endevouring to empower those who feels the need to make a positive change in their lives. Be it child, teen, adult, or professional, Equine Assisted Learning will be a great aid in navigating the complexities of a current and difficult situation.

Our target demographic group is the vulnerable sector of our society which includes youth-at-risk, abused persons, recovering addicts and first responders (firefighters, police, paramedics) and Parolees. These individuals are always in danger of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and if not addressed can result in depression with co-morbidity involving many other mental health diagnosis.

Our education we will provide is to promote altruism, compassion and leadership. These qualities are pivotal in maintaining a balanced life, free from emotional entanglement to things that can or cannot be changed.

Website: zen-equusranch