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Horses at Heart Therapeutic Equestrian Adventures Inc. has been operating as a non-profit registered organization since 2004.

Horses at Heart is situated at WaterStone Estate & Farms, a 100 acre property in King Township near Newmarket, with expansive views of fields, forest, streams and lake. WaterStone Estate & Farms has an 80'×200′ show arena, an outdoor grass ring, and access to hundreds of acres of nearby hacking trails for experienced riders.

We have partnered with many organizations to help children, youth and families achieve their therapeutic goals and to promote personal development, mutually respectful relationships, and to enjoy the many benefits of horseback riding and horsemanship training.

Among the organizations that we have provided programming for are: Blue Hills Child and Family Services, Toronto Police 32 Division 'Gallop to Greatness', Big Brothers Big Sisters of York Region, Children's Aid Society of York Region, Girls Inc. of York Region, York Region Autism Centre, Autism Ontario



With a background in music and TV production, and a a lifelong love of horses and riding, Deborah brings years of diverse management and facilitation experience to HORSES AT HEART.
Deborah has created numerous programs for Equine Facilitated Personal Growth and Learning and her work in psycho-social therapy is published in the academic text "Applications of Family and Group Therapy", as well as numerous magazine and journal articles including the journal of the Ontario Psychological Association.

Deborah has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a certification in Theraplay®, a specialized play therapy modality for children and families. She is currently completing her certification as an Adler Professional Coach which will be an instrumental adjunct in her 'Knowing Your Herd' workshop which facilitates Corporate Leadership and Teambuilding.

Deborah has also received certifications in Equine Facilitated Personal Growth and Learning from a broad range of trainers and pioneers in the field, including internationally acclaimed horse trainer Chris Irwin, best selling author of "Horses Don't Lie" and "Dancing With Your Dark Horse', and from Linda Kohanov, founder of Epona Equestrian Services, whose books 'The Tao of Equus' and 'Riding Between the Worlds' have garnered international attention in the field of equine experiential learning.

Deborah is also a Level 1 certified EAGALA trainer. Deborah is a member of the following organizations:

  • North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA)
  • Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA)
  • Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA)
  • Ontario Equestrian Federation (OEF)

If you have question, please do not hesitate to contact us at (905) 898-1530 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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