Equine Therapeutic Programs

Text Box: Equine Therapeutic Programs:  We offer activities with horses to promote human physical, mental and emotional well-being in disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, autism, cerebral palsy, depression, developmental delay, down syndrome, brain injuries, behavioral issues, abuse issues, PTSD.        Our weekly horsemanship based program will enjoy the recreational and therapeutic relationship and benefits for children (age 8-17) and adults with disabilities while teaching skills to improve mental and physical well-being.  We have quiet experienced lesson horses and certified instructors.

+ Paints-Plus Equine Center +

Therapeutic Horseback Riding is a recreational therapy for individuals with disabilities who ride horses to relax and to develop coordination, confidence, and balance.  This program is for riders that can’t join our regular lesson program. 


Hippotherapy has our occupational therapist work with the client on the horse, with an assistant leading it. Different movements of the horse present challenges to the rider to promote different postural responses and enhance neurological and physical functioning. 


Horses are large, sensitive animals which can engage people to positively overcome fears, anxieties, depression and low self-esteem.  Our equine assisted program uses this unique relationship with the horse to promote and motivate children and adults to improve physical and cognitive skills.

Horses require us to work, whether caring for them or working with them.  In an era when immediate gratification and the “easy way” are the norm, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, a valuable lesson in all aspects of life. 



Click for Registration form for Therapeautic Riding and Hippotherapy

Session #1: Aug 31 - Oct 25, 2018

Session #2: Oct 26 - Dec 20, 2018

Session #3: Jan 4 - Feb 28, 2019

Session #4: March 1 - April 25, 2019

Session #5: Apr 26 - May 16 & May 21 - June 24, 2019

*lessons run on holidays in between dates listed above


8 Weekly lessons is $440+GST.  We will be running Fridays evenings.  More times earlier Friday may be offered if there is enough interest.

Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  Riders must be able to hold a sitting position while the horse is moving.  

As we do not have a ramp or lift, riders must be able to mount with 2 assistants. Maximum recommended weight is 200lbs.  Riders must have their own ASTM riding helmet and boots with a heel.  We will need a clearance letter from your doctor as well as a signed release and hold harmless waiver.

Riders accepted into the program are done so on a trial basis, as therapeutic riding is not appropriate for everyone.  


To volunteer as an Equine Assistant, please email us.  Please note you must be at least 16 years of age with 3 years riding experience. 



Click here for Lesson Horse Pictures and Descriptions

Gail Praharenka is a full time Occupational Therapist with over 25 years of experience working with children, adults, and seniors primarily in areas of neurology where she learned various approaches to rehabilitation of medical conditions. She also worked for several years in Mental Health helping clients through an occupational model with addictions, depression and anxieties.  She has extensively studied cognition and methods of learning.  She has also owned and ridden many horses for over 15 years.  Click to email Gail.

Diane Priebe, is a Registered Psychologist and is currently in training to become an Equine-Facilitated Wellness (EFW) practitioner. In EFW therapy, the psychologist and horse work together to help a client with their challenges. Many people find it easier to relate to animals, and because horses are also mammals, their brains work in a similar manner to

NEW as of  November 2018, Equine-Facilitated Wellness will be offered at Paints-Plus a few mornings per week through Diane Priebe, who boards her horse Ruby and takes lessons with us.

connection which help in the process of resolving issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship/attachment difficulties, and trauma.


If you would like to book or want more information about this unique approach to psychological therapy, please feel free to contact Diane by e-mail or (780) 707-5711, or go to her website

humans in terms of attachment and emotion. Through the horse, clients can find acceptance and