Equine Assisted Therapy

Why Horses?


Horses have evolved over thousands of years because of their highly attuned sense of safety.  They are able to connect with human's emotional energy and reflect and challenge our inner struggles.  Horses are living breathing bio-feedback machines, they help us to be our most authentic selves.

Horses are large and powerful which creates a natural opportunity to overcome fear and develop confidence.  The size and power of horses are naturally intimidating to many people.  Accomplishing tasks with horses, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful metaphors for dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life. 

Check out the article written about our Program in Lifestyle Magazine (pages 51 -53)


Equine Assisted Therapy


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.

Equine Assisted Therapy works well for:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression 
  • Grief/Loss
  • Anger 
  • Addictions
  • Disordered Eating
  • Self-Esteem
  • Relationships
  • Communication
  • Feeling Stuck

EAGALA Certification



​(Equine  Assisted Growth and Learning Association)
is the Global Standard for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development.  Established in 1999 as the world's first and leading certification program, it is evidence driven, ethical and highly effective.  Only EAGALA is recognized world wide as the gold standard in Equine Assisted Therapy.  

The EAGALA approach is totally clear: a team of qualified professionals works together with horses to provide ethical, evidence based clinical therapy and group learning activities.

Only trust a certified team with your mental health.

Go to the EAGALA site to see great videos about Equine Assisted Therapy


Coverage for Equine Therapy


 Equine Assisted Therapy is often covered by employee health benefits because there is a certified, registered mental health professional in the sessions.  If your plan provides coverage for counselling with a Registered MSW, then your plan will reimburse you and/or your family members for this counselling.

Other funding sources which honour and support  our Equine Assisted Therapy programs are:

  • Ministry of the Attorney General
    • Victims Services (VQRP)
    • Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • Health Canada
    • Non Insured Health Benefits (for First Nations People)
    • Residential School Survivors
  • Blue Cross 
    • Veterans Affairs Canada
    • RCMP
  • Health Insurance Companies
    • Sun Life
    • Green Shield
    • Manulife
  • HCAI (Health Coverage for Automobile Insurance)
  • Children's Aid Societies

Support for Equine Therapy Programs