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Enfants en Équi-Libre's equestrian centre is located in St-Lazare, just 20 minutes from the West Island of Montréal 

Equine Assisted Programs & Services

At Enfants en Équi-Libre we are proud to offer a wide range of programs and services which cover a variety of therapeutic, recreational, sport and learning goals. The four programs listed below are considered our horseback riding and horsemanship programs which are offered by instructors certified with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) and/or Equestrian Canada (EC). Click on the links below to learn about each one, or view our Participant Registration Process to sign up.
Equine assisted occupational therapy (hippotherapy) is a service offered at our centre with the objective of helping clients achieve functional goals. Click the link to learn more or view our Client Intake Process.

Summer Camp

Enfants en Équi-Libre is proud to offer an inclusive and adapted summer day camp!

Our farm-based day camp gives children with varying abilities the opportunity to participate in daily / weekly riding lessons, arts and crafts, games and activities that are adapted so that everyone is included. We focus on horsemanship skills where campers will learn how to not only care for their horse, but also the stable it lives in.

Our camp also provides integration support. Upon request, your child can benefit from one-on-one support opportunities for campers requiring additional assistance within the camp setting. 9am to 4pm with early drop-off and late pick-up upon request.

Week 1: July 13 - July 17

Week 2: July 20 - July 24

Week 3: August 03 - August 07

Week 4: August 10 - August 14

 
 

Participant Registration Process

Therapeutic Riding | Equine Assisted Learning | Para-Dressage | Riding Lessons

The registration process outlined below is for participants interested in our equine assisted recreation, sport and learning programs. If you are specifically interested in equine assisted occupational therapy, see the client intake process in the next section. If you're still not sure which program is right for you, don't hesitate to contact us directly with your questions.

Benefits of equine assisted programs

The main objectives in equine assisted recreation, sport and learning programs are to learn horse related abilities such as riding, horsemanship, and general equestrian skills. See below for some auxiliary benefits to equine assisted programs at our centre:

  • Development of muscle strength and flexibility

  • Improvement of balance and coordination

  • Mobilization of trunk and pelvis

  • Improved learning skills and concentration

  • Access to social integration

  • A sense of achievement and independence

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence

Registration procedure

The following forms must be completed and submitted to Enfants en Équi-Libre by mail, e-mail or dropped off at the centre in person:

 

Please note: For the physical well-being and safety of the rider, horses, volunteers, instructors and therapists, the maximum weight of any rider must not exceed 160 pounds. Additionally, riders who have had a recent seizure will not be able to participate in mounted activities unless they have been seizure free for one year (without medication) or six months (with medication).

Center Policy to be reviewed prior to filling out the forms:

  • Center Policy (become familiar with our policies and procedures prior to program entry)

 

Forms to be downloaded and returned to Enfants en Équi-Libre:

Once the forms are fully completed and returned to Enfants en Équi-Libre, we will contact you to set up an initial visit at our centre to ensure the suitability of the program for each individual. The needs of the prospective rider will determine which consultant is present at the assessment. The assessment takes approximately 1 hour and involves a discussion regarding goals, history, abilities and needs, followed by a 15-20 minute mounted or unmounted assessment (based on program selection) for the participant. The cost is 50$, payable at the time of the appointment.

Using the information from the assessment, and the rider’s availability, we will confirm a recurrent riding time for the session.

Lesson Schedule

​Enfants en Équi-Libre offers four sessions per year:  Spring (March to June), Summer (July & August), Fall (September to December) and Winter (January & February). Lessons are taken on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and are 1 hour in length (90 minutes for EAL). There are scheduled break weeks throughout the year during which time there are no lessons.

During the winter months (January & February) we operate with the purchase of 6 lessons at a time can be taken in an à la carte format and can be rescheduled with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Lessons not taken over the winter can be credited to the spring 2020 session.

 

Client Intake Process

Equine Assisted Occupational Therapy (Hippotherapy)

The following process is for clients who are interested in equine assisted occupational therapy in order to achieve functional goals in a therapeutic setting. If you're interested in a program aimed toward sport or leisure, see the participant registration process above.

Objectives in equine assisted occupational therapy

In equine assisted occupational therapy the objectives for each client are set on an individual basis. An evaluation of the functioning of each individual provides the opportunity to set specific goals that will be worked on during the appointments. Below are some examples of objectives that we might target in equine assisted occupational therapy:

 

  • Acquire / improve the walk pattern

  • Maintain the sitting position

  • Increase postural control and tone

  • Improve sensory and emotional self-regulation

  • Improve daily autonomy

  • Improve functioning at school

  • Improve social skills

Intake procedure

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The following forms must be completed and submitted to Enfants en Équi-Libre by mail, e-mail or dropped off at the centre in person:

Please note: For the physical well-being and safety of the rider, horses, volunteers, instructors and therapists, the maximum weight of any rider must not exceed 160 pounds. Additionally, riders who have had a recent seizure will not be able to participate in mounted activities unless they have been seizure free for one year (without medication) or six months (with medication).

Centre Policy to be reviewed prior to filling out the forms:

  • Centre Policy (become familiar with our policies and procedures prior to program entry)

 

Forms to be downloaded and returned to Enfants en Équi-Libre:

A recent evaluation is required in order to begin treatment in equine assisted occupational therapy (EAOT). If you have an evaluation in occupational therapy that is less than one year old, please send it along with your completed forms. If you do not have a recent evaluation please download the questionnaire below and send it along with your forms to begin the evaluation process:

Once the forms are fully completed and returned to Enfants en Équi-Libre, we will contact you to set up an initial assessment / evaluation depending on your needs. Using the information from the initial assessment / evaluation, and the client availability, we will do our best to provide an appointment time that is suitable.