Who Am I?
Read this book to your child and help them appreciate all of who they are – and are becoming – as much as you do, while they enjoy photos of the horses of Healing Hooves who star in and inspire all the stories!
This is the first picture book in the Healing Hooves series and features the work of award winning photographer, Jeff McIntosh.
What Would Skye Say?
Read our brand new therapeutic story! This one is a little different as it’s a very real exploration of grief and the loss our precious herd leader Skye, from the perspective of his best friend Dubh and a Healing Hooves client who has asked that we share her and Dubh’s story. ‘Bella’ hopes that sharing this story will help others like her who are struggling with feelings of loss and overwhelm. Thank you Bella for your courage and grace in asking us to share this story!
‘Meet the Herd’ Colouring Pages and Book
Get to know the wonderful animals who live and work at Healing Hooves through our newest book which includes photos, descriptions, cartoon/ colouring pages and a fun quiz!
How do we hold on to those we love when we can’t be with them? This story explores themes of loss, missing, and frustration through a gentle story featuring the ponies of Healing Hooves. It is grounded in a six stage model for attachment developed by Dr. Gordon Neufeld and provides a great way to make space for the sadness of loss while holding on to those we love in deep and powerful ways.
Super Thor: Preview of our New Therapeutic Children’s Story
Sneak preview of our newest therapeutic story! Thor is sad when he can’t go out to eat spring grass with the bigger horses. But when Teddy calls him a crybaby, Thor decides he can be tough, like he thinks his ‘superhero’ name requires. Join Thor and his friends as they learn what being a superhero really means.
The Perfect Pony
Sneak peek at one of our most popular therapeutic stories! Pickle tries very hard to be a perfect pony but it never works out as he plans. Learn how Pickle, with some help from his four legged friends, discovers that he does not need to be perfect to be loved, and to belong.
The Empty Water Trough
Sneak preview of our brand new Therapeutic story! Teased by another pony, Pickle questions why he often gets in such a pickle about things that feel scary. Is there something wrong with him? When the day arrives that the water trough he relies on is empty, Pickle panics. Join the ponies of Healing Hooves as they learn important life lessons about what to do – and perhaps not do – with big and scary feelings.
The Stories behind the Stories
Introducing a simple and effective way to help those you care about benefit from the human animal bond. Our new blog series explores how, why and when to select, read and draw upon therapeutic stories – either as a parent or grandparent with your own kids, or as part of a teaching or therapeutic practice.
User Guide for Therapeutic Stories
This free user’s guide helps parents and professionals decide when, how and to whom to read therapeutic stories from Healing Hooves and elsewhere.
The Prodigal Pony – Part one
Read part one of our therapeutic story featuring a mischievous shetland pony who rarely remembers to think before he acts.
You can download the full illustrated story (for no charge) by following the link within this blog post.
The Prodigal Pony – the Conclusion
Read the conclusion of our therapeutic story about unconditional love and grace. A great story to share with children who struggle with guilt and shame.
One (Horse) Step Removed: The Value of Stories
Some pain is just too painful to touch directly. Some words may not be said out loud. How can we help children heal from wounds that feel too vulnerable and overwhelming to even name?