Our Herd of Incredible Ponies & Horses
Each horse at Équi-Libre is selected for temperament and conformation. We add horses to our team with specific skills and attributes to maintain a well-rounded herd. These horses typically cost between $2,000 to $5,000, and the cost of maintaining their nutritional, physical, and medical needs is in the thousands of dollars each year. Check out how you can help support our herd!
Local businesses and generous individuals can sponsor our horses throughout the year.
Sponsorship of a therapy horse will help cover the costs associated with their upkeep, including feed (hay and grain), hoof trimming (every 4-6 weeks), vaccines and de-worming twice annually, and much more.
Ask us about our different sponsorship opportunities!
Half leasing is an opportunity offered to intermediate riders seeking a riding commitment of 2-3 times a week on a safe and reliable horse.
Half leasing allows riders to ride a safe horse while contributing financially to our centre and the services we provide to the community.
The cost of half leasing a therapy horse depends on the weekly ride frequency and experience level of the horse and rider.
Exercise & Training
Exercise riding and training is reserved for advanced riders who wish to donate their time and expertise riding the therapy horses and ponies that make up our herd.
Riders are asked to work on specific objectives that our staff have determined, such as straightness, balance, cardio, transitions, etc.
Sometimes, these exercise rides are for the pure enjoyment of our hard-working horses and with the trails right off our property, what better way to relax?
Poppy spent much of her life working as a school pony at a hunter/jumper barn in our area. When it came time for her to start a new career her previous owner thought she might excel as a therapy pony, and she did!
Poppy has a strong character and is the boss of the four other ponies that live with her, however, with the young riders at our center she is patient and sweet.
Coco is affectionately nicknamed our Big Girl as she is one of the largest horses on the team and happily partners with our heavier or older riders in the program.
Lately, Coco has been giving lessons to several parents who wish to learn how to ride alongside their child receiving equine assisted occupational therapy or participating in our therapeutic riding program.
Jorge came to us on loan from our Para-Dressage coach, Kendra, when we desperately needed another horse to meet the needs of our growing clientele.
Jorge is an older gentleman who spent many years working as a therapy horse in Toronto before retiring in Montreal with Kendra. He is an old pro who can do his job with his eyes closed. Bonus, he's super cute!
Phoenix is yet another generous donation to our center. Standing 15'2 hands high (62 inches) he is the tallest horse on our team.
This gentle giant loves to be groomed and is always happy to work. He excels in the classical riding and para-dressage programs due to his training background. When he isn't working, you can find him outside hanging out with his best friend Jorge!
Poncho is our very own class clown. He is a sweet horse with a big heart but keep your eye on him because he's likely scheming to play a trick on you!
Poncho has the skills to work in all the programs at our centre, but he excels in our equine assisted learning program. He has extensive training in a natural horsemanship division called Parelli, and he has a lot to teach his riders.
Chanel is the smallest member of our herd. She happily works in every program we offer at our centre, making her one of the most flexible horses in our herd.
Her excellent form and eternally youthful spirit will never betray her age! Despite her young appearance, Chanel is a senior horse gracefully navigating her early twenties.
Felix is on loan to us from one of our talented instructors. Robbyn thought he would be a good fit for us, and she was right!
Felix is a Haflinger who thoroughly enjoys his work as a therapy horse. Behind his calm and gentle appearance is a highly intelligent horse overflowing with affection.