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.
• 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
Equine therapy, also known as horse-assisted therapy, is an innovative and powerful approach that combines the healing power of horses with the guidance of skilled professionals. Having personally experienced the profound benefits of equine therapy for my family and I daughters, it is evident that this therapeutic service was a life-changing experience for us. Equine therapy at Ad Astra Stables was so beneficial for our mental health that we have continued using the tools today. The professionals working there, Larissa, Sue, and Rob are knowledgeable and compassionate individuals who make this therapeutic journey not only possible but a positive experience like none other.
The knowledgeable and kind individuals who run the equine therapy service play a pivotal role in creating a safe and supportive environment. Their expertise in equine-assisted therapy, combined with their compassionate and nurturing approach, ensured that each session was tailored to the unique needs of our family. From the initial assessment to the ongoing support, their dedication and commitment to our family’s progress has been invaluable, making the therapeutic journey an enriching and transformative experience.
It is with utmost enthusiasm that we highly recommend equine therapy at Ad Astra Stables to those seeking a powerful and effective therapeutic experience. The positive impact it has had on our family’s mental health and overall well-being is truly remarkable. The benefits experienced during the therapy sessions continue to resonate in your lives today, reinforcing the profound and lasting effects of this therapeutic approach.
Equine therapy is a remarkable and transformative approach that has the power to heal, inspire, and empower individuals. Through the emotional connection with horses, the development of emotional regulation skills, and the enhancement of self-awareness and confidence, this therapeutic service offers a holistic approach to mental health. Our positive experiences and ongoing progress are a testament to the profound impact of equine therapy. We wholeheartedly recommend this therapeutic journey to anyone seeking personal growth, emotional healing, and a renewed sense of well-being.
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.