ABOUT OUR EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Curious about the difference between hippotherapy and therapeutic riding?
Offering services of the highest quality is a fundamental principle at Enfants en Équi-Libre. All of the health professionals that offer hippotherapy in our equestrian program are certified with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA); the only recognized certification for hippotherapy in North America. Similarly, our therapeutic riding instructors have all been certified with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) which is the only instructor and centre certification program in Canada.
We are on our way to becoming a certified centre with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA). The safety of our clients and the well being of the special horses that take part in our program is very important to us.
The horses that make up the Enfants en Équi-Libre team of animal partners have all been specially selected for their gentle and patient demeanors, and their willingness to learn. Additionally, all of our horses are chosen for the quality of their movement and overall soundness in order to meet the high standards for a horse working in hippotherapy.
Do you know a special horse who is looking for a new job?
We're always looking for qualified horses to join our team. Here are some of the characteristics that make a great therapy horse:
Patience, and lots of it!
A calm and gentle demeanor
A willingness to learn
Well balanced and even movement
Sound in all three gaits
Must love treats!
Do you know a horse that is looking for a new job, or an active retirement?
Marilou is a pony who likes to play with kids and be brushed. But she also really LOVES to eat!
Although she is blind in one eye, her disability doesn't affect her quality of life or the important work she is doing with the kids in our program. Behind her calm and gentle appearance is a highly intelligent pony overflowing with affection.
Petite-Fleur is a very calm and sweet mare. Young or old, she loves to please her rider!
Her excellent form, physique and eternally youthful spirit will never betray her age! Despite her young appearance Petite Fleur is a senior horse gracefully navigating her early twenties.
Poppy is the youngest member of our team and her playful spirit keeps the other horses on their toes!
This fun loving horse knows how to have a good time, but she is also arguably our most patient and forgiving equine partner. No matter how much an excited child might wiggle she is able to do her work like any other day.
Coco is affectionately nicknamed our Potato due to her laid back nature and go-with-the-flow attitude.
She is the largest horse on the team and happily partners with our heavier or older riders in the program.
Zorro may be small but he has a mighty personality!
He is always making his riders giggle and his volunteers roll their eyes with his tricks. He especially likes the push the buttons on the toys that make noise or sing songs.
Blueberry is the newest member of our team. She has experience as a trail horse but is just beginning her career in therapeutic riding and hippotherapy.
Come back soon to see a photo of this beauty!