"I want to thank you for an excellent experience in bringing our team to Heart’s Haven Ranch for Equine-Assisted Learning. I found the experience to be most enlightening and edifying. My staff made numerous comments afterwards that they found the experience enjoyable, worthwhile and intriguing. They have all expressed an interest in returning for further sessions to explore more team building and self-realization exercises. Personally, I really enjoyed the close contact with the horses, and felt myself opening up my trust to the horse and to my co-lawyers and staff. I feel this experience has brought us all closer together as a team. Thank you. Your facility is excellent, and I appreciated feeling like I was connected to the earth and to the living beings of the earth. You were both very understandable, friendly and we all appreciated your insights and instructions."
- Adam O. Letourneau, Letourneau Law, Lethbridge, AB
"I am the director of an Alternative School in Fort Macleod, Outreach Central. Approximately 17 students took part in the Equine Assisted Learning Leadership for Youth program. The students are 90% First Nation's descent. The students were cautious at first, but quickly became adept at completing the tasks. I saw incredible growth in timid students. One student in particular, had not spoken a full sentence since he came to us the first of September. By the end of the program, he was confident and could articulate what he had learned. I have several students that have behavior management issues, and it was amazing watching them overcome their frustrations by using new skills. It is impossible to push, force or manipulate a horse! They learned if they were calm, and communicated with the horse in the horse's language, they were more successful. I saw students experience joy in the round pen, leading horses without a crop or harness...very powerful!
I used this program as part of the CALM curriculum at my school. They completed journal prompts and were insightful in their responses. One student, who has not had much success at school reported in her journal 'I like being here with the horses...they don't judge me...they don't hassle me...and I learn how to manage myself, my partner and the horse.'
The staff is amazing. They create a climate that is the model of inductive learning. They allow the students to figure things out for themselves. They don't push, they articulate the student's success in an authentic and positive way. I would use this program again! It covers the curriculum in a way that is real and applicable in life!"
- Karen Krammer, Fort Macleod Outreach Central, Fort Macleod, AB
“Heart's Haven Ranch is my daughters favorite activity come summer time. Every year she looks forward to it and it becomes the event of the summer for her. Great, great, great family run business! Knowledgeable, friendly and great way to learn about horsemanship.”
- Ken Aldridge, Calgary, AB
"I've volunteered with Roxy and her therapeutic riding since September of this year
and also take lessons from her and I can vouch that it is a wonderful program."
- Julia Case
"My children ride in Roxy's program and the impact it has made on their
lives is immeasurable. They have grown in ways that make a mom proud. Everyone at Heart's
Haven care about the riders and the horses. They just don't teach skills, they also teach patience,
empathy and responsibility for our horse brethren."
- Tobi Anne Lyons
"I volunteer at the ranch performing Qigong to help keep horses (& sometimes
riders) free from pain and capable of supple movement. I've also taken lessons with Roxy &
have been witness to the building of her now much in demand, programming. She's the real
deal & takes exceptional care of, & welcomes everyone regardless of how many legs they have."
- Patricia Loff
My daughter has been riding with Roxy for about two years. Before starting she
was hyperactive and had a hard time dealing with her emotions. She has done a complete turn
around is confident happy and respectful. Putting her into lessons was the best thing we could
have done for her.
- Rebecca Dourte
"I board my gelding at Heart's Haven so I know first hand the care and
attention that each horse gets at the ranch. Roxy and her family not only run programs for people
but she has also rescued several horses that their families no longer want or need and it is these
lucky individuals that form the core of the riding programs."
- Bobbie Mosimann
"I cannot express in words how Roxy Wright and Heart's Haven Ranch
have helped my family. Four of my children have had time at the ranch, and have benefitted
greatly from all they have learnt there. For my daughter with Autism it is her most comforting
time of the week where she is able to bond with the horses and develop her self worth, while
releasing the stress that often builds while away from the ranch. My daughter with severe Global
Development Delay has strengthened her body, built bonds with the horse she rides and has
developed communication with the horse and Roxy. All of my children have benefitted in so
many ways from this amazing program."
- Barbra Anderson Nickle
"I have 2 daughters that take riding lessons from Roxy Wright at Heart's Haven Ranch for almst 2 years now. The care and attention given to the riders and thehorses are exceptional. My daughters have learned skills that they would not have had underany other circumstances. They not only have learned riding skills, but have learned skills that help them at school and in their personal lives. They have gained more confidence and ability to perservier and work through challenging momments. The staff at Heart's Haven Ranch go above and beyond to make each rider have a positive experience and feel confident at what they are doing. One of my daughters rides Ebony and is just in love with her."
- Brenna Jeans Ogran-Hardy