Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) are structured, facilitator-led sessions working with horses that utilize innovative techniques in counselling, psychotherapy, mental health, coaching, and other personal growth interventions. 


EAAT is steadily growing as a validated and recognized approach to overcoming mental health challenges such as trauma, abuse, post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI’s), occupational stress injuries (OSI’s),depression, life skills development, grief and anxiety. 


We offer programs based on the Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) model and the Equine-Assisted Learning Model. 

Equine-assisted therapy

equine-assisted therapy

Equine-assisted therapy (EAGALA), also known as horse therapy, takes a distinct approach to professional mental health and personal development based on the scientific concept that we learn best by doing. 


Individuals are empowered through personal and physical experiences that are led by our certified facilitator. The hands-on approach combines personal experience with intellectual understanding, providing solutions that are deeper, more profound, and longer lasting. 


The EAGALA model is an innovative, ethical set of best practices that builds on the human/horse connection to help people learn more about themselves and to use that learning to change their lives.

 

Equine-Assisted Learning

 The Equine-Assisted Learning model focuses on developing and strengthens, social, and essential life skills through programs guided by our facilitator facilitated programs where the horses are teachers. It is based on a BUILDING BLOCK™ program that builds on the life skills practiced in previous sessions through activities with the horses.   

 

Our professional, customized sessions are offered as individual programs, along with cost-effective family and group programs.

Programs are developed around unmounted activities, however, riding lessons can also be arranged by request. Our programs meet the requirements of the equine, health and social services industries.  

Empowerment through equine therapy programs

Programs for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life

Programs for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life

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  • Coping with trauma, abuse, grief and/or loss
  • Dealing with the effects of PTSI and OSI
  • Managing depression and mood disorders
  • Overcoming substance use and addictions
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder life skills building 
  • Coping with body image issues
  • Moving beyond fear and anxiety
  • Strengthening confidence and self-esteem
  • Anti-bullying programs
  • Youth Summer Riding Lessons
  • Discover Horses and Hike with Horses 

Programs for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life

Programs for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life

Programs for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life

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  • Police officers, EMS workers, fire fighters, military personal and veterans
  • Caregivers, health workers, mental health workers
  • At-risk youth, school groups
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder, adults and youth
  • Victims of trauma and/or abuse
  • Individuals experiencing grief and loss
  • Families and blended families bonding

Benefits of using horses for therapy

Programs for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life

Benefits of using horses for therapy

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  •  Horses react to stimulus; they provide instant and honest feed back on how a person is feeling.


  • This allows a certified EAL facilitator to observe the non-verbal communication of the horse and translate the behaviour to guide the learner to the objective of the exercise.


  • This style of learning greatly enhances the retention and understanding of learned skills, enabling the participant to transfer the learned skills into their everyday life.