Equine Assisted Learning 
& Activities

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an innovative approach to encouraging and establishing team and relationship dynamics. The foundation of this practice sets the stage for personal & professional growth and development. Using 3-4 horses, participants engage in various activities in our indoor riding arena. With the use of semi-structured tasks, EAL encourages metaphorical learning and empowers human development. Horses provide instant feedback to our own interactions and behaviour, creating moments of understanding and learning.

Like horses, humans interact and live within the context of relationships and teams. Whether you are referring to a family unit, a team of co-workers and colleagues or friends, each group has a unique way of communicating and interacting with one another. Horses are excellent readers of human emotion which creates a mirror to see the outcomes of our own actions.

Horses are herd animals with every member of the herd being important. Natural herd behaviour in horses manifests positive mental and physical health. Interacting and observing these animals, results in an opportunity  to learn from not only them, but also from yourself.

Program Options

Work environments are most productive when the whole team works as a cohesive unit. During our corporate EAL sessions, participants interact with our therapy horses to complete specific tasks and obstacles. Your team gets to experience their strengths and see areas of opportunity in a real and dynamic way. Through discussion led by our experienced facilitators, participants gain insights into their group dynamic and leave the session working together with new knowledge to use in the office or workplace. This is designed to be interactive, experiential while providing tangible insights in how to work better with individuals on your team.

Please note: Activities do not include a riding component. 

Are you looking for something fun and exciting to do for a date night with your significant other? Let us plan the night for you! Strengthen your communication skills, put your collaboration and problem-solving to the test, while enjoying an interactive night out with your partner and the horses. Refreshments and snacks are included

Please note: Activities do not include a riding component. 

Were you designated to plan an evening out? A Bachelorette party or family celebration?  Bond with our horses and your friends or family as you work together to problem solve and complete obstacles. Boost your self-confidence, increase your communication skills, relax and enjoy some refreshment and snacks. This is promised to be a night out you won’t forget!

Please note: Activities do not include a riding component. 

Launching in the Spring of 2019, we are proud to introduce our new curriculum specifically written and designed for youth and students for the purpose of developing and improving leadership capacities and skills. The curriculum is based off of The Social Change Model of Leadership Development and will provide a framework for offering quality and practical skills in developing our adolescent leaders. More information will be available in the New Year. 

We currently have 7 modules developed which you can choose from, each module requiring a minimum of 2 hours to complete.

Module Themes include
Module 1: Collaboration
Module 2: Consciousness of Self & Others
Module 3: Congruence
Module 4: Committment
Module 5: Common Purpose
Module 6: Controversy with Civility
Module 7: Citizenship

Modules can be completed in any order, or can be “stand alone” events. This curriculum is perfect for sports teams, student councils, youth groups, non-profit organizations working with youth such as Duke of Edinburgh, 4H or Girl Guides or Scouts Canada groups.

Maximum number of youth participants per session is 20.

Please note: Activities do not include a riding component. 

Looking for an innovative and new idea for a birthday party?!? Come out to the farm and play with our horses for a few hours! Birthday parties include our experienced facilitators to challenge you and your guests to different “missions” should you choose to accept them. Work with our horses to complete your mission while enjoying our refreshments and fun atmosphere.

Please note: Activities do not include a riding component. 

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

FSTRA is thrilled to have partnered with Clannad Counselling and Consulting located in Kentville, Nova Scotia to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

EAP involves a registered and certified mental health professional as well as an equine specialist in the ring in order to facilitate sessions with our herd of horses.

EAP can be conducted for individuals, couples or family units. 

Similar to Equine Assisted Learning, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy involves working with a herd of horses and completing a series of challenges and tasks. An emphasis is placed on building connection and relationships with the horses and also with anyone who is participating in the session with you. Opportunities to de-brief exercises and enter into dialogue with our mental health professionals allows opportunities for therapeutic healing and personal reflection.

Benefits of EAP

Improve communication between couples & families

Research reveals that through participation in EAP, participants experience reduction in symptoms in areas of anxiety, depression and anger

Strengthen and build skills in areas of emotional regulation, problem solving and managing distressing situations

Build stronger connection in our relationships

Develop and strengthen understanding within relationship through participation of a shared experienced

Recognizing patterns in our relationships that we can choose to change

Our Qualified Therapists

Michelle MacIsaac 
Clinical Social Worker

Stephanie Townsend 
Counselling Therapist

Kathleen Murphy 
Clinical Social Worker

Our Qualified Equine Specialists

Alissa Cue 
Owner & Operator of RWS
Equestrian Canada Coach

How to Book a Session

To book an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy session please contact Clannad directly at info@clannad.ca 

What to Expect

√       Confidentiality
√       Sessions uniquely designed to meet your concerns and needs 
√       Opportunities for de-briefing, discussion and processing
√       Pace is set by you
√       Time to engage and build connection with the horses
√       A hands on experience proven by research to be effective

Pricing for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

PeopleSession LengthNumber of WeeksPrice
1 individual
or 1 family
1 hourDetermined by the
person/family & therapist
per session
Group of 6 participants1.5 hours6 weeks$350.00
per person for 6 week session
Group of 6 participants3 hours6 weeks$625.00
per person for 6 week session