What Else Do I Need To Know?
Most frequent questions and answers
Previous Horse Experience
You do not need to have any horse experience or even like horses to participate in our Equine Supported Wellness programs. Our programs are designed for everyone. You will never be asked nor forced to complete any task or activity that makes you feel unsafe or puts you at risk. If at anytime you feel uncomfortable, please inform our facilitators immediately so that we can ensure your experience is positive and supportive to your overall sense of wellness.
Training of Horses
All of our horses used within our ESW programs are in well-established herds and have had training and experience working with groups and supporting individuals in this therapeutic way with our curriculum and activities.
Our facility is accredited through the national governing body, Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association. For a facility to gain and maintain its accreditation status, this means that the infrastructure has met quality standards, the welfare of horses is maintained through best practices regarding feeding, handling, training, and have access to regular veterinary care and receive scheduled health care practices and medication. It also indicates that staff have met certification and educational requirements and equipment is maintained and in good repair.
Our facility is fully accessible and has a barrier free public washroom available for all guests and visitors to use while visiting the farm.
The Difference Between Equine Supported Learning & Equine Supported Therapy
Equine Supported Learning are programs that are strictly experiential learning opportunities and are educational in nature. These are not therapy groups nor is there an expectation for personal information to be shared or divulged. These educational opportunities can be beneficial to leadership or staff teams through shared experiences and opportunities to debrief team dynamics.
Equine Supported Therapy are mental health programs that are intentionally therapeutic and are facilitated by a Mental Health Professional. These groups are confidential and are designed with specific therapeutic goals and activities in order to promote greater wellness in participants.
Current COVID-19 Restrictions
We are so thankful to still be offering our programs given COVID-19. Both our staff and facility are following the restrictions set by our provincial government. At this time, only our staff are permitted inside the barn. We ask that all visitors, riders and participants of our programs sign into our Contract Tracing binder and answer our COVID-19 screening questions upon arrival. Masks are to be worn while on site and physical distancing maintained.