About Us

Who we are

Healing Hooves is an Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy program, based in Alberta, Canada. Through the healing power of the human animal bond our mission is to bring healing, growth and hope to children, youth, adults, parents and families. Our trained counsellors, therapy horses, dogs and cats are looking forward to meeting you!

Equine Counsellors at Healing Hooves ready to meet you!

Recent Updates

Training Workshops

Workshop dates and details are confirmed for the upcoming year each January. You can find our most recent updates on our facebook page and Facebook events page.  You can also visit our Workshop and Resources page or e-mail sue@healinghooves.ca for more details. 

Parenting Resources

Our therapeutic children stories and books, featuring the therapy horses, dogs and cats who live and work at Healing Hooves, are available for purchase. All proceeds subsidise sessions with low income families and/ or to meet the physical needs of our therapy horses, dogs and cats. Themes include relationship conflict and resolution, unconditional love, resilience, recovery from grief and loss, forgiveness, recovery from trauma, grace, and emotional expression.  View details here, visit our Facebook shop and/or e-mail sue@healinghooves.ca to order your copy today.

What we do

We aim to help those who are hurting or struggling in life to recover, heal and grow; to heal and deepen relationships with parents, with chidren, within marriages and with self. Many of the people we work with have learned that the world is not a safe place and that other people are not to be trusted - it simply becomes safer to stop caring. Working with our trained therapy horses and other therapy animals helps our clients learn to trust again, and to gradually risk caring; it gives them hope for a brighter tomorrow.

In addition to significant training in Counselling, Equine Therapy, Equine Facilitated Wellness, Animal Assisted Therapy, psychology and attachment, our counsellors are also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma work and in Emotionally Focused Therapy. We are also fully trained and certified at the highest level with Equine Facilitated Wellness - Canada  and with the Neufeld Institute

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Equine Facilitated Counselling client and horse

Who we work with

We work with children, adolescents, parents, families and adults. Clients we are qualified to help and support include those struggling with depression, anxiety, attachment disorders and struggles, FASD, ADHD, self esteem, stress, relationship conflict, parent child conflict, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).  We work with adopted and foster children and families.

How we do it

Using a unique approach called Equine Facilitated Counselling (EFC), also known as Equine Therapy, Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW), Equine Facilitated/ Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) or Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH), we partner with animals as powerful role models, teachers, friends and guides on this incredible life journey. Located near Cremona, AB, (45 minutes northwest of Calgary), our site sits amid rolling hills overlooking the spectacular Rocky Mountains, offering a peaceful and safe environment where people can discover and grow into the unique strengths and abilities they already possess.

For more information please read our new article: "The Who, What and Why of AAT and EFW" written for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and available on this website.

About Healing Hooves

donkey in Equine Counselling For the past almost twenty years Healing Hooves has helped hundreds of people of all ages who have experienced violence and abuse, relationship breakdown, are struggling with anxiety, depression, addictions and/or self harming behaviours. Many of our clients came to Healing Hooves as their last hope after all other counselling and psychology approaches had failed for them.  View more services.

Meet our Animal Partners

Our therapy horses and other animal partners at Healing Hooves are key members of our team. They all have their own personal stories leading them to Healing Hooves which has shaped them into wonderful co-counselors and therapy animals. Our clients relate to the horses or other animals they work with here and everyone usually finds that special animal friend who truly seems to understand and care about where you have been, where you are going, and what you are facing.

You can meet them individually by checking out our four legged professionals page.

Our Services

Heading out for some horse time Healing Hooves helps clients through individual, family and group counselling programs.  We also offer parents with parenting support and counselling through individual or group sessions. We offer personal development and personal growth workshops which can be taken either as a part of a larger training program or stand alone.

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We also offer other professionals and volunteers information, resources, direction and support in the area of equine facilitated mental health and wellness. You can find our most recent updates on our Facebook events page.  You can also visit our Workshop and Resources page or e-mail sue@healinghooves.ca for more details. 

Also enquire about our therapeutic children stories and books, featuring the therapy horses, dogs and cats who live and work at Healing Hooves. All proceeds subsidise sessions with low income families and/ or to meet the physical needs of our therapy horses, dogs and cats. Themes include relationship conflict and resolution, unconditional love, resilience, recovery from grief and loss, forgiveness, recovery from trauma, grace, and emotional expression. 

Visit our Facebook shop and/or e-mail sue@healinghooves.ca to order your copy today.

At Healing Hooves we firmly believe that there are many children, youth, parents and adults for whom doors could be opened, trust re-learnt, and relationships built through a relationship with the right therapy horse or other animal. A key part of our vision is to help as many people as we can experience healing, hope and unconditional love through the gentle touch of a four-legged counsellor.

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human animal bond

You will find our most current information on our Facebook Page: Healing Hooves Canada