Welcome to Heal With Horses
Human Equine Assisted Learning
The Heal With Horses Therapeutic Centre (HWH) offers customized equine therapies for children and adults, individuals or the entire family. Our approach is holistic in that it addresses the whole person. We base our entire program on sound horses, trained facilitators, and quiet, safe space in a natural setting. These three key elements of HWH affect changes in an individual by influencing the body’s own hormonal system.
Whether you are struggling with depression or looking for personal growth, equine therapy can help. Listed here are various conditions that can benefit from these therapies:
- Behavioural problems
- Substance Abuse
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Relationship problems
- Eating disorders
- Interpersonal Communication
- Social Disorders
- Self Esteem
What is equine therapy?
Equine therapy is a session where you interact with a therapy horse in specific ways. During this interaction, the horse is teaching you how to focus in the present, to become more self-aware, and to achieve inner peace. Interacting with a horse requires you to participate fully in the moment and to utilize your body, mind and spirit in unison.
Some programs do not involve riding while others do. However, riding experience is not necessary.
In order to better understand this teaching process, you first must understand the “teacher.” For a horse to be a good teacher, the animal must have its natural instincts and high level of awareness intact. In order to accomplish this, the horses at HWH are not kept in stalls in barns. They are free to roam the pastures at the farm, which allows their natural instincts and awareness to fully develop.
Why does this matter? In the wild, horses are prey animals: in other words, they are the “hunted”, not the “hunter”. They are always on the look out for predators and develop a very high level of sensitivity and awareness to their surroundings. They have the ability to sense intent, read body language, interpret movement and so on. Whether the object of observation is a grizzly bear or a human, the horse’s ability to “read” that being is the same.
The facilities at HWH are designed to enhance the healing experience for its clients. It is located on 35 acres of farmland in the heart of the winery district of Prince Edward County. Sessions take place under the canopy of nature using experiential learning. In other words, “learning by doing”.
Our method is grounded in nature-based learning. It seems these days that people from all walks of life are lacking a connection to nature. We offer an opportunity for everyone to feel the freedom of being in the natural world while interacting with the farm’s therapy horses. HWH also offers the opportunity to have hands on interaction with our small therapy animals that include mini pigs, pygmy goats, sheep, chickens, and of course dogs and cats. The most important components of our therapies are:
- A stress-free environment that children can lead us through
- Sensory–working directly on an individual’s sensory problems/ skin-to-skin touch with the horses
- Horseback Riding–creates rhythmic movement in the body which calms anxiety
- Self-Advocacy–inviting individuals/children to teach us about themselves, encourage them to make some of their own decisions and allow them to find their voice.
Heal With Horses is a Registered Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to help individuals achieve their greatest potential. Donations are gratefully accepted.