Equine Assisted Natural Healing




Experience what it is to be authentic with an animal that comes from a place of authenticity.
The special bond where horse and human meet, the special bond that horse and human share.

The Equine Assisted Natural Healing (EANH)® series of experiencial horses and healing workshops tap into the spirit and character of the horse which heals and nourishes the human being.

“What the horse did or didn't do I don't know but the animal understands me, the horse gets me and I can't explain that one!”

Horses are intelligent, sensitive and intuitive animals with remarkable memories. They are able to travel through our emotional landscape like the waves coming unto the shore. Horses are genuine and authentic. Their connection to our inner landscape help us to 'feel better' or 'feel understood'. This ability to attune to another life form has developed in this supreme survivor since the age of the dinosaur. Being herd animals, horses reach out naturally and blend naturally.

Their mere presence and attunement within us (or to us)nourish our wellbeing, our souls, our person.

“After a session with the horse I feel at peace with myself and the universe. I am rested, I am calm and once again centered. ”

A Horse's authenticity is unquestionable: A horse does not practice deception or mislead. Touching honesty in all their actions, reactions and expressions draw us into their realm.

A Healing and Horses experiencial session or workshop is not a substitute for medical treatment. Every session or workshop is tailored to the participant - there is no format specific. Participants are not photographed, filmed or taped.

A Session In Narrative video describes an actual EANH session facilitated by EANH's Founder.

Experience what it is to be authentic with an animal that comes from a place of authenticity and the special bond where horse and human meet, to form the special bond that horse and human share.

How horses reach us and simply warm our hearts and bring a smile continues to be a phenomenon unique to the horse's nature.



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Many elders in extended care have cherished memories linked to horses. Historically horses formed a way of life, a partnership or a means of survival. At one time, horses were the sole means of transportation, the breadwinners that harvested the crops, the creatures that pulled felled trees from the land to make homes and communities, and stoic companions in our wars.

The "A Time For Rejoicing" workshop can include up to eight elderly participants embracing the past, sharing memories and rekindling the longheld love for the horse. Note: The Epona premises are wheelchair accessible. The "A Time For Rejoicing" workshop is by donation.



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horses and healing Bringing harmony to our being

Reconnecting workshops are individualized workshops with one participant and one or more horses.

The reconnect workshops are a three part series of workshops spread over three pre-scheduled dates. These are private, personal workshops that enable the participant to liberate the inner being and free the tortured soul with an equine partner.

The workshops are for anyone who feels disconnected, over-burdened, stressed out, isolated, depressed, loss, or out of sync. The reconnect workshops can also focus on very specific behaviours involving behavioral issues, eating disorders, abuse issues, anxiety or thought disorders.

Our workshop participants privacy are respected at all times. We do not print names, take photographs or make videos. Freedom to express, feel, share and embrace are most welcomed and deeply respected.



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horses and healing youth at risk
First Nations peoples believe the horse, as all living things, are profoundly sacred. The horse specifically however has been identified as having a strong spiritual power, and will lead individuals in the “right direction.”

Horses have clear action and re-action responses and youth at risk find a safety net in the touching honesty of the horse. There is also kinship among horse and human as the participant learns that some of the horses at Epona have a history of abuse, of pain, of harsh and sometimes cruel treatment and have enduring physical injuries that they have overcome or continue to overcome. Further, the horses were rescued by the stable to spare them a cruel and horrifying death at the horse slaughter factories.

There is much kinship to be shared, to learn from and to grow. There are stories to be revealed and shared in a safe place with compassion. Horses show us a path to healing, recovering and finding inner peace and happiness.

Most of all, horses teach us how to forgive.



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Horses and healing children and autism

One of the creator's miracles is the gift of the autistic child and the horse in communication. The horse finds a place to touch within the being and the child responds and vice versa. This happens spontaneously and naturally without any 'assistance'.

Horses are able to travel through our emotional landscape like the waves coming unto the shore. Horses are genuine and authentic. Their connection to our inner landscape help us to 'feel better' or 'feel understood'. Sometimes horses mirror what we are feeling which enables us to examine the feeling in a way that we cannot when we are in depth of the emotion.

It is almost as if horses have inner attennas that search and help them. Ofcourse, to horse, it is called survival. To a human, it is called a gift.

Even a child that is deemed to rarely or barely communicate, communicates with a horse.

This ability of the horse to attune to another life form has developed in this supreme survivor since the age of the dinosaur. Being herd animals, horses reach out naturally and blend naturally.

The rest of us mortal beings can only marvel at the seeming ease with which the participant and horse find each other's inner beings and language. Horses are particularly adept at reaching 'unreachable' children due to the horse's superb intuition, sensitivity and naturally receptive senses.



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horses and healing veterans

However, over two million horses have served in wartime and although many did not live to share, we honor their contribution and valour.

It is nice to meet a kindred spirit in the former racehorse at Epona who understands what can happen to a living being when life reveals horrors, difficult experiences and what seems to be ongoing, insurmountable pain and stress on some or all levels similar to what a war veteran experiences with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and War-Related Stress.

Our War veterans risked their lives to save ours and as much as we might appreciate the enormous risk and sacrifice, we cannot hope to ever fully understand or experience what a veteran has gone through at the hands of war.

Some of the horses at Epona have been through some horrendous experiences in their former careers as race horses also: They have been the victims of brutality, the makers of human fortunes at the sacrifice of their own health (and for many thousands, their lives which are brutally and cruelly ended in the nation's slaughter factories) and yet the horses continue with genuine desire to reach out to their fellow humans with understanding and sensitivity.

“When I learned of Lacey's history I really felt like crying. I look into her deer-like big brown eyes and her gentleness, she goads me on when she nuzzles me because she feels my pain. thank you, and hey girl if you can march on forward, so can I.”

Horses are able to travel through our emotional landscape like the waves coming unto the shore. Horses are genuine and authentic. Their connection to our inner landscape help us to 'feel better' or 'feel understood'. Sometimes horses mirror what we are feeling which enables us to examine the feeling in a way that we cannot when we are in depth of the emotion.

Our country's war heroes find peace, solace and natural healing being around the horse: Our nation's heroes connect with a soul and spirit that truly emphathizes and understands.

Finding a friend that understands is sometimes all that is really needed.



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horses and healing terminal illness

Individuals with terminal illness find a relief from stress, worry, fears and pain being around horses.

Horses seem to have an ability to reach into tension and distraught areas of our being and ease the burden. Some describe this as 'evaporating' the distressing and persistent emotions and thoughts.

Children or adults are most welcome to meet a new friend and hang out for some fun and educational time!

Horses are not healers of terminal illness and are not a substitute for medical treatment. Horses however present a different kind of healing which frees the inner being and brings its own joy.

Patients with with terminal illness are always welcome to visit with the horses (if patients wish to make a small donation for the horses upkeep and care we are grateful however it is not at all a requirement).

If we are requested to schedule and hold a Horses and Healing workshop where hands-on horse interaction, sharing and experiencing is included with a facilitator, there is a workshop rate of $75 for the hour. Please contact us to schedule a date and time.



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horses and healing facilitator

Equine Assisted Natural Healing (EANH)® brings the kinship between facilitator and equine in assisting the participant through the gift of equine intuitive healing.

The Equine Assisted Natural Healing (EANH)® sessions and workshops were formed and created by of Epona Stable some years ago as a gentle, non-evasive, respectful and peaceful equine-centered healing experience for participants. EANH is recognized as an effective, non-intrusive and safe method to compliment traditional medicinal practices and therapeutic treatments. The Horses and Healing series of EANH sessions or workshops are guided by a certified facilitator accompanied by one or more of the Epona stable horses.

“ As a facilitator in the workshops, the horse and myself are actually working together. The root of the EANH program is that a human being and equine partner are reaching out to a sister or brother in kinship and unity. The participant therefore comes into a place of welcome and acceptance. We are not judging and we are not placing expectations.”    

Equine Assisted Natural Healing (EANH) Founder:

grew up with horses in a European classical riding education mileau. When her family immigrated to Canada, one of their first endeavours was to build a horse stable in North Vancouver where many more years of riding, competing, teaching and training horses continued inbetween a university and two-time college graduate education [ more ...]

has also worked 'hands-on' with youth at risk in an alternative treatment center; She has worked hands-on with elders in extended care hospitalized settings; She has worked with veterans in a government setting; However, her true vocation has always been with horses: She has over thirty-five years of combined teaching, horse riding instruction, horse training, natural horsemanship workshops, and healing and horses sessions and workshops (EANH).

is also the founder of the Standardbred Horse Fan Club and the Equine Right To A Quality Life movement (anti-horse slaughter movement). In 2011, she originated the idea of a Canada Retirement Foundation for race horses which would provide opportunities for race horses to begin new careers with humans (in addition to riding companions) rather than being sent to slaughter.

With over five decades of living, being, sharing and loving horses, brings her intimate understanding of the horse's nature and healing qualities and presence to EANH participants. .

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horses and healing facilitator certification

An Equine Assisted Natural Healing (EANH) ® certified workshop facilitator possesses an indepth understanding of the nature of a horse. For that reason, EANH provides two methods to obtain facilitator certification:

The Experienced Horse Person (with at least a consecutive ten year equine-related background) EANH Certification Method is designed specifically for individuals with an extensive horse background consisting of actively working with horses and owning horses.

The Novice to Horses (with a clinician background) EANH Facilitator Certification Method for clinicians interested in practising equine healing as an option for their patients.

Most EANH facilitators come from horse backgrounds with years grounded in horsemanship and an understanding of the true nature of the horse. The EANH facilitator is an experienced interpreter and facilitator in the session or workshop atmosphere. Facilitators also understand the horse herd mentality and have the ability to establish a deep foundation of insight and communication with the horse prior to, and during, the workshop.

EANH certified facilitators have natural horsemanship (the nature and communication with the horse both as receiver and giver) as their educational foundation. In other words, facilitators are, or become, first and foremost horse people that understand the language and nature of the horse. EANH facilitators are also experts at facilitating (and not orchestrating) possible session or workshop scenarios.

Individuals from clinical backgrounds do not effectively understand what many horse people devote their lives to living and learning. An EANH certification ensures that the lack of horse experience and background is not a deterrent to effective equine assisted healing for participants. .

A Session In Narrative video describes an actual EANH session facilitated by EANH's Founder.

EANH facilitators certification is obtained with either one of the two methods below:

The Novice to Horses (with a clinician background) EANH facilitator certification Method
As a specialized clinician (psychologist, physical therapist, etc), the EANH facilitator certification will include:

Component I.

  • Safety with and around horses
  • Natural horsemanship
  • The way of the horse
  • The language of the horse
  • Life communication lessons to learn from horses
  • Interacting with horses
  • The eternal listener
  • Dissolving common horse myths
  • The collective wisdom of horses over the ages


  • Component II.

  • The EANH facilitator role
  • Interacting with a horse(s) within an EANH workshop
  • Following a horse's footsteps, staying on or moving off the path
  • Hearing the echo? Developing equine listening skills
  • Empowering workshop participant(s)in the horse's way
  • When to step in vs sponteneity
  • The merit in silence and non-doing
  • Self analysis, clearing the debris, acceptance
  • Retracing steps


  • Component III.

  • Knowledge of horse equipment and the basics of horseback riding
  • A horse's acquired knowledge
Clinicians will be working four days weekly with the same Epona horse (horse provided). Please ensure that you can schedule the necessary time required (a minimum of an hour a day) for two months.

The Experienced Horse Person (with at least a consecutive ten year equine-related background) Certification Method

Component I. Initial Assessment (by a EANH facilitator)
Before being accepted into the The Experienced Horse Person (with at least a consecutive ten year equine-related background) Certification Method certification program, an assessment will be required with the individual's own horse. A minimum score of 80% is required.

The three week workshop certification program includes hands-on, situational workshop experience. Each day is a half day session with additional home study requirements.

The EANH facilitator certification program recognizes that the medical and therapeutic specialties (physician, psychiatry, psychology and so forth) are seperate and distinct from the Equine Assisted Natural Healing practices. The EANH facilitator does not require a medical or therapeutic background since the nature of the healing is rooted deeply in the abilities of the equines participating interacting and assisting the facilitator and participant(s). The EANH program not a substitute for medical attention or treatment for participant(s) and the program does not advocate interference of any kind as such.

"How horses reach us and simply warm our hearts and bring a smile continues to be a phenomenon unique to the horse's nature. As facilitators we are not the healers, we are the messengers. "