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Empowered By Horses and Friends!

  • Empowered By Horses was founded in 2010 with the vision of forging heart-centered partnerships with horses and youth who are facing challenges. Over the years, we have expanded our therapeutic alliances and deepened our commitment to the natural world. To reflect this we now work under the umbrella of Nature-based, Animal Assisted and Equine Facilitated Wellness and have renamed ourselves Empowered By Horses and Friends. Our team of mental health counsellors, wellness professionals, horses, donkeys, sheep, pigs, chickens, cats and dogs, offer gentle and effective paths to learning, healing and growth.

  • Empowered By Horse and Friends is an inclusive, trauma informed and safe place for clients to heal, grow, and feel a sense of belonging. Our focus is on forging healthy relationships within ourselves, with fellow humans, and with other animals. Empowered By Horses and Friends believes that animals are sentient beings and that we are stronger when we recognize and celebrate our kinship with the natural world. <3 Please check out our amazing team. <3

  • Whether you are new to Nature-based, Animal Assisted or Equine Facilitated Wellness, or have an established practice, Empowered By Horses and Friends is here to help take you to the next level. Based on our philosophy of ethics, safety and animal welfare, we offer on-line and in-person training and mentoring. Our team of collaborative professionals have over two decades of experience and we continue to expand our knowledge in trauma informed care, animal behaviour and psychology, and sensorimotor therapies. *Heart Centered Animal Assisted Practice - Certificate Training begins January 2023* Apply Now!

What My Wonderful Clients Say About Empowered By Horses

  • Thank You Carla for your caring and understanding with Izzy. She has never had anything that has made her so happy and calm before ! Izzy says being at the farm is her favourite place in the world 💕 Its such a blessing to see her anxiety subside and watch her confidence build being around the horses and being able to interact with the other animals as well. It is such a blessing for her to spend time with you each week and we are so grateful

    Client's mom
  • This past July, I brought a group of 25 children to Empowered By Horses to have a Children’s Grief Day Camp. It was such a magical day and a lot of that had to do with Carla and her crew of experienced, kind, and caring professionals. They helped to make the day special and comforting for the kiddos and the adults who attended with me. I had forgotten to bring a wishing tree for the kids to place their wishes for their loved ones. Carla and her team quickly came up with an idea to use a large tree branch in front of the barn and set it up for us. It worked perfectly and it was so nice to be supported like that. The facility was so incredible! There were sheep, chickens, horses, pigs, and even little piglets that we all got to watch and admire. One of the lovely skills that Carla’s crew taught us that day was how to be still and calm around the animals and let the animals come to us when they were feeling comfortable. This was such a wonderful lesson for the children to learn and it helped to make the whole day so calm, peaceful, meaningful and powerful. Thank you Carla and your team of extraordinary helpers! We had such a great time and we hope to see you again next year.

    Dallas Shirley, Children's Counsellor
  • Our experience at Empowered by Horses was breathtaking! Carla was kind, honest and so knowledgeable not only about the power of Equine Therapy but about life’s joys and barriers and the importance of self-care. We were lucky to have had this experience. To be a part of Carla’s love for animals and to learn about things like respect and boundaries through our work with the horses was truly incredible! Thank you Carla, for the work that you do, the lessons you teach and the lives that you touch!

    Ashley Riddler Parent Support Worker New Beginnings

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