HEARTWOOD

EQUINE CONNECTIONS

Full Service Equestrian Center

Heartwood Equine Connections is a Canadian Charitable organization whose purpose is to provide emotional healing for persons suffering from trauma. We provide individual sessions and group workshops using horses as a therapeutic tool in the process.

The participants who benefit from Heartwood’s programs and services include those who have had various forms of traumatic experience.

These include but are not limited to:  physical, emotional and psychological abuse, neglect, deprivation, victims of violence, experiences of war, lack of community, family dysfunction, illness, accidents, life transitions, grief and loss, bullying, racism, sexual identity, sex trafficking and discrimination.

“Veterans experience success in one of our workshops with our facilitators and horses.”

About Us

Heartwood Equine Connections is a centre for coaching and educating people while employing the use of horses as therapists in the process. Clients who seek to enhance their emotional health by interacting  with their equine partner are assisted to find their own inner truth, answers that may have previously escaped them. Equine therapy is an innovative approach to self development.

Clients report that they have experienced a deep, intimate and sacred connection with the horse they have partnered with.  The connection is a thrilling experience and the feeling remains with them long after.

Our Mission

To promote health for individuals in need of emotional healing by providing individual and group sessions that employ active, guided relationship exercises with horses as a therapeutic tool.

The participants who benefit from Heartwood’s programs and services include those who have had various forms of traumatic experience with “trauma” being subjective to, and defined individual by, the person.  These include: abuse, neglect deprivation, victims of violence, experiences of war, lack of community, family dysfunction, illness, accidents, life transitions, grief and loss, bullying, racism, sexual identity and discrimination.

The Heartwood Herd

Horses love the social interaction with people. They bring their gifts of intuition, their innate tendency to readily respond to the feelings  of the person they are interacting with, and their gentleness and genuine desire to help.  At Heartwood we have two beautiful mares that actively participate in sessions with clients.

Samsong

Samsong is a thoroughbred mare who came to Heartwood in October, 2010. She is a retired SARI horse and is very gentle. Sammy loves people and is very affectionate. When people look into Sammy’s eyes, they connect to her heart. She loves attention, loves games and returns love to all who offer it. Standing at 15.2 hands she is smart and committed to helping. Born: 1994.

Sophie

Sophie loves people. She is happy to be paddock mates with Sammie and loving her role as an equine therapist. She excels at connecting using those gorgeous warm eyes and soft demeanor.

She stands 16.0 hands high and was born in 2004. Sophie was adopted from the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society in 2019.

Sophie is a beautiful Standardbred mare adopted from The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. She has trained diligently to become a trusted helper. She stands 16 hands high and, has a lovingly soft temperament. She is calm, loves people and is eager to help. There is an unmistakable twinkle in her eye!

Testimonials

” I have more awareness of my strengths and how important I am and that loving myself is more than trying to get respect from my family.”


“This workshop helped me to find my voice. I was surprised to find it and I have carried it with my after the program.”


“I feel I got to do a lot of emotional processing and let go of some grief. I also feel a bit lighter, more confident and more connected due to my success in creating boundaries.”​


” I feel proud of myself and that I can do anything I set my mind to.”


“I have more hope!”


” I feel more confident than I have in years!”


” Thank you so much for being a part of my journey. You truly are a gift to so many. Your work is invaluable.”