Regain the Reins
Learn to reduce anxiety for a more peaceful life
You are not alone
Ad Astra Stables was founded to assist Veterans, Military, Police, Fire Fighters, all other First Responders and their families challenged by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Trauma-affected individuals are often drawn to horses and alternative approaches in support of their recovery. When talk therapy fails, and when specialized trauma therapies are not available, equine-assisted programs fill a gap for people who are desperate for change and who are drawn to the human-animal bond.
Without trauma awareness and skillfulness, equine interaction programs can unintentionally lead to harmful re-enactments for both two and four-legged participants. This is because trauma can also be present in the horses themselves, and in the facilitators offering the services – whether the service is therapeutic or learning-focused. Trauma is truly its own specialty area, and being trauma-informed is an essential part of safe and effective interventions for humans and for equines.
Ad Astra Stables provides equine assisted activities in support of those who have served their country and community, as well as the family who supports the person who has served at no cost due to an amazing donation to the program.
• 12 sessions focused on boundry setting, communication, anxiety reduction, understanding anger and reconnection
• Use of our well trained horses and equipment
• Nature Time
• Clean, Safe, Non-Judgmental Environment
No riding or previous horse experience is necessary. All activities are done safely from the ground.
This program is for you if:
- You and/or your loved one is challenged with PTSD
- You wish to reduce your isolation
- You wish to learn how to manage extreme emotional reactions
- You wish to learn how to reduce anxiety
Outcome: Learn to reduce anxiety for a more peaceful life
I am currently a serving member that has been diagnosed with PTSD and Chronic Pain. When I first went out to Ad Astra I was in a bad place both mentally and physically. The first session I attended was a group team building session. When I left the farm I felt peaceful and my mind was quiet for the first time in a long time. I then took the Regain the Reins program. This was an amazing program. I started to look forward to something for the first time in a long time. It was a quiet thoughtful program with peers that understood and were going through the same types of things I was. Though out this program my self-confidence grew. I became more engaged at home and in the work place. It gave me a place to go that was quiet and relaxing but at the same time engaged my mind to be in the present instead of the past. Larissa and Rob treated me amazing. They made their home and farm available whenever my thoughts “turned up”. It didn’t matter if it was during group they were always available to chat and give a good laugh. They have become essential people in my life and I am unsure what I did before I was introduced to this program. Ad Astra has become a second home, and in this home I am able to leave my thoughts and some of my pain when I pull in the driveway. I am now volunteering with the program and am treated like family. The horses are so gentle and love being around people. I have to say with all the people and animals around Ad Astra I am in a much better place and have hope for my future!
Thanks Ad Astra
Good day I have meaning to write a well-deserved thank-you card to you and try to express what a good and moving experience it was to have taken part in a session of Regain the Reigns. Your direction of the people taking part and how we observed you working with the huge horses. When it became my turn uncertain of what was expected of me and how I would be around the horse. Within minutes I could feel the horse and I just knew he sensed me. With direction I was able walk with the horse .THEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED “ NEVER DID THINK I WOULD BE BLIND FOLDED AND ASKED TO TAKE THE REINS OF A HUGE HORSE“. With a blindfold over my eyes I could feel the horse I held the reins and listened to the words of a person who guided me first to walk straight. I would take a step then the horse would take a step. After 5 or 6 steps I was instructed to turn left. I thought OH NO the horse will keep going straight. By listening to the person guiding me and by the horse movements we turned. At that time I was quietly happy and it felt good the horse and I thought we could do this. We then did several turns around poles and obstacles. At the end you remove the blindfold and see what you just did.
This experience was powerful and enabling. I believe it has restorative and healing powers.
If you could assist Captain Brown so she may empower others it would be a gift to others that is priceless.
Sincerely, M. B.
I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to engage in the Equine Assisted Learning program at Ad Astra Stables in Corbeil. Their program has not only taught me the importance of positive human/horse interaction in a grounded environment, I also learned how vulnerable these powerful pack animals are. Through this training and exposure therapy, I was able to relate this vulnerability to my own struggles as a surviving first responder suffering from post-traumatic stress injuries. Often, injured serving and retired members are treated through clinical means, alienating their spouses or partners. At AD Astra, my wife was a full participant in the healing process on my road to recovery.
I thank Larissa and Rob at Ad Astra for their ongoing efforts and dedication to those serving in our forces and first responders.
with heartfelt gratitude
I have been the recipient of the Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) with Ad Astra in Corbeil ON.
I was a part of a group and we were paired with a horse to navigate set obstacles and learn the effectiveness of communication and trust. I saw the benefits first hand with myself and also the group of peers who attended the session with me.
I am the caregiver to a Veteran with PTSD who has been involved with EAL for 3 years and has learned how to manage many effects of the PTSD.
I have recommended EAL with Ad Astra to peers, who are spouses of Veteran’s with PTSD and the feedback has been very beneficial for them.
I believe in the benefits of EAL provided by Ad Astra and I believe in its success because of the owners and facilitators Larissa and Rob Brown.