Therapeutic Vaulting and HOrsemanship
Integrating the power of music, play and movement with the healing nature of horses
Play, music and movement can all be powerful healing agents and mediums. At Healing Hooves we integrate aspects of this into all that we do. We also offer two specific non counselling program options: Therapeutic Horsemanship and Equestrian Vaulting
Our therapeutic horsemanship sessions are designed for people of all ages who want to learn about themselves through learning about and being with horses. This is not a counselling program and is not facilitated by a counsellor. However, these sessions are therapeutic and all sessions are supervised by our clinical staff.
Therapeutic horsemanship sessions typically involve learning and practicing beginner horsemanship skills including horse handling, grooming, leading, ground work and beginner riding. Safety is always prioritised and clients learn about horse needs, body language, body awareness and communication as a part of their sessions.
While the main goals of these sessions are to get physically active, have fun and learn about horses within a safe environment, these sessions can also help improve self esteem, confidence, and communication skills.
Equestrian vaulting is a combination of dance and gymnastics on the back of a moving horse. It integrates strength, flexibility, musical interpretation and agility, with harmony with the horse. At Healing Hooves our therapeutic vaulting sessions are designed for people of all ages who want to learn about themselves through learning and practicing some beginner vaulting skills. Therapeutic vaulting can also be integrated into counselling sessions and goals.
Sessions are facilitated by Sue McIntosh, who is certified by the AEVA (Alberta Equestrian Vaulting Association) as a provincial vaulting trainer and coach.