“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.” - Equine Human Bonding in Recovery of Trauma

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H.E.L.P

Heroes. Equine. Learning. Program

H.E.L.P. retreat is a confidential, four-day, peer-based equine assisted psychotherapy program for any service member, Military, First Responder, and their families who face post-traumatic stress and operational stress injuries. Retreats are currently held at three locations across Canada with more partnerships being built. H.E.L.P. retreat includes all meals, accommodations, and transportation during the retreat.

Prior horse experience is not necessary. The participant's physical and emotional safety is always at the forefront of what we do. H.E.L.P.'s facilitators are certified in The TA Method and follows their code of ethics.

Phone: 613-489-5627
Email: info@HELP-PTSD.com

Can Praxis

Alberta

We offer three phases of clinically sound three-day programs hosted in the heart of rural Alberta, away from triggers and crowds.

Can Praxis EAL is a Canadian registered charity, and we provide mental health recovery programs for Canadian Veterans and First Responders (serving and retired) living with an Operational Stress Injury (OSI), such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Contact Can Praxis

Healing Through Horses

Brookield, NS

Healing Through Horses offering equine therapy with respect to the treatment areas of PSTD, addictions, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trust, domestic violence.

Janet Tomlinson is a Registered Counselling Therapist in the province of Nova Scotia. She has been a therapist for over 12 years. She is also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  Janet recently trained in Equilateral (Equine Assisted EMDR) for trauma.

Phone: 902-890-3853
Email: jlt.therapy@gmail.com

Facilitating Life Skills and Relationships (F.L.A.R.)

Hubley, NS

FLAR Equine Experience offers Life skill and Personal development programs. We specialize in providing individualized  programs for anyone struggling with PTSD along with families as a whole dealing with the illness. We have a different ability to empathize and relate with these individuals because our Owner/Senior Facilitator Rachael Dent-Flynn is a Volunteer Firefighter Lieutenant for the last 8 years.

Phone: 902-240-8527
Email: flar-eal@outlook.com

Healing with Horses Retreat

Regina, SK

Join us for a Weekend Retreat of Non-riding Horse Therapy & more...

Acquire skills that:

  • Increase the internal focus of control such as self-confidence, self-esteem, self-awareness and self-efficacy
  • Learn to manage feelings of anger, anxiety, frustration, disturbing emotions and memories
  • Develop assertiveness and empowerment;
  • Become aware of healthy boundaries;
  • Improve communication including body language and the ability to express feelings
  • Develop empathy, trust, respect and patience; and...  IT'S FUN!!!

In-Saskatchewan participants have the opportunity to have their hotel costs paid for.

Contact Julius Brown

Phone: 306-552-3801 or 1-888-495-6068

Email: osi_ptsdcoord@cmhask.com

Serenity Farms

Southey, Sk

Erin Fletcher is a certified Riding Instructor, Special Education Teacher, and Assistant Therapeutic Riding Instructor with indoor and outdoor arenas.

Erin specializes in Therapeutic Riding to heal from Traumatic experiences and PTSD.

Phone: 306-527-7324

Leading Edge Equine Academy

Woodstock, ON

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.

Phone: 226-749-4830
Contact Leading Edge

New Horserizons

Brentwood, ON

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!

Contact: Maud Revel, MA, EAL facilitator
Phone: 705-730-2285

Charmed Stables

Enterprise, ON

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.

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

Tranquil Acres Inc.

Ottawa, ON

Tranquil Acres specializes in providing counselling services for Military members, First Responders, and their families. Tranquil Acres is a proud host facility for the H.E.L.P. organization (www.HELP-PTSD.com) supporting Military, First responders and their families since 2014.

Telephone: 613-489-5294

SonFlower Stables

Otterville, ON

We specialize and design personalized programs to reach the emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical needs for anyone desiring to embrace Life changing Skills and coping tools for self-improvement. Horses and other farm animals are the vehicles by which growth is Cultvated.

Phone: (519) 718-1432
Email: maryhowe@fernlea.com

The Stable Grounds

Rodney, ON

At The Stable Grounds Inc., we offer a unique range of therapeutic options for first responders and public safety officers who are suffering from post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), anxiety, depression, substance misuse, and more. Our treatments utilize the benefits of residential and day therapy in supporting our guests’ emotional and mental well-being.

Phone: 905-717-5921
Address: 22678 Johnston Line, Rodney, ON N0L 2C0

Prance

Saugeen Shores, ON

Prance - Therapeutic Equestrian Centre Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) is a unique and powerful model of psychotherapy which incorporates horses experientially as the centre of the therapy session. The focus of Equine Assisted Therapy is emotional growth and healing from a wide variety of life's challenges, traumatic events, difficult situations, and personal struggles. All ground work, no riding involved, and no previous experience with horses needed.

Rebecca Brown, Coordinator Equine Facilitated Wellness Program
Phone: 519-832-2542
Email: pranceefw@bmts.com

Takoda Equine

Sebringville, ON

Equine assisted therapy & Healing with horses.

Equine assisted therapy and healing with horses. In Equine-Facilitated-Learning (EFL), we invite horses to participate with us, on the ground, in specifically designed activities. Giving a person the opportunity to work one-on-one with a horse can have transformational and life-changing effects. Partnering with a horse allows us to learn about ourselves by getting us in touch with our feelings and emotional states.

Phone: 519-635-2381
Email: diane.murray@live.ca

Zen Equus Ranch

Singhampton, ON

Zen Equus Ranch is a charitable organization endeavouring 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.

Hoof by Hoof

Sundridge, ON

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.

Betty Hagey, Certified EALearning Facilitator
Phone: 705-492-4851
Email: bet.hoofbyhoof@gmail.com

Horse Spirit Connections

Tottenham, ON

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

We are honoured to contribute to your healing journey.

Phone: 905-936-4450
Email: wendy@HorseSpiritConnections.com

Équi-Sens

Terrebonne, QC

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.

Fondatrice, directrice, IAACET
Centre Équestre Thérapeutique Équi-Sens
20661 rue Victor
St-Janvier de Mirabel, Québec J7J 1P4
Tél: (450) 434-7367
Cell: (514) 803-7293
Courriel: equissens@gmail.com