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Certified Safe Facility Initiative

At Equi-Health Canada the health and safety of horses is our priority.  In 2018 we launched our 'certified safe' initiative, where barn, ranch and stable owners could bring in our instructors and learn first aid, advanced first aid, and disaster planning for them and their staff, volunteers and/or family/boarders, ensuring a well-prepared team and a certified safe facility for anyone visiting or residing there.


Facilities that are certified by Equi-Health Canada  (EHC) have met the following criteria:

  • They have hosted an EHC-sanctioned Equine Health and Emergency First Aid clinic and have staff or volunteers onsite with current first aid certification.

  • They have hosted an EHC-sanctioned Advanced Equine Emergency First Aid clinic and have staff or volunteers onsite with current advanced certification.

  • They have hosted an EHC-sanctioned Disaster Planning and Emergency Preparedness clinic and have staff or volunteers onsite with current certification.

  • They have an ongoing relationship with Equi-Health Canada, remaining up-to-date on new health and emergency protocols, and host a minimum of two EHC-sanctioned courses per year, with any of the currently certified Equi-Health Canada Instructors.

Facilities who meet these criteria are awarded an annual Certified Safe certificate to hang on their facility wall. They will also have their facility listed here with website link and contact information at no charge.

If you have hosted the above three courses in the past year, please contact us to have your facility added to the Certified Safe listings.

Stable Life Inc - Spirit Horse NL

bringing horses and people together


Stable Life Inc is a registered not for profit organization that enhances the mental health and life skills of youth, adults, families, and groups through therapeutic interaction with horses. Stable Life is home of the Spirit Horse Program. A beautiful horse named Tinker is the inspiration for the Spirit Horse program.

In 2013, Tinker’s human, Alison (Aly) Walsh lost her battle with mental illness at the age of 25. At Stable Life we create safe places for people to grow and safe places for horses to share their knowledge.

Certified Safe Facilities

Higher Trails is a place of growth, learning, and friendship. Nestled in the Alberta Foothills in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Higher Trails is a place of renewal. they offer horses for lease, a young rider program for youth age 12 to 18, and individual or group equine assisted learning services through their affiliate, EAL Canada.

Thermal Imaging can be extremely useful for determining changes in circulation (blood flow) to an area as the body begins to react to inflammation, infection, and nerve damage up to 2 weeks or more before there are signs of pain. This is useful in improving performance of equine athletes, and we have even seen great results as part of the support team for rodeo bulls.

Hillside Equine

Hillside Equine is operated by EAL Canada Certified facilitator, Janelle Krahn, and is SE of Swift Current, SK.  They feature an indoor arena, EAL programming and horsemanship

  • Address: Grunthal, Manitoba

Lily Ridge Ranch is a family-operated equine facility that was established in May 2015. They have been giving riding lessons and have grown to include equine first aid and safety courses and sales of eco nets. Everything that they do at Lily Ridge Riding is with the health and well-being of the horse in mind. 

  • Address: 7900 Cooper Hill Road Metcalfe, Ontario K0A 2P0 

  • Phone:613-794-7019

Circle J Ranch is a family-owned-and-operated company. Since 1961, they have been providing both Western and English riding lessons and adult and kids day camps, hosting special events, riding clinics, and 4H and Equi-Health Canada clinics.

In addition, it is a boarding facility that offers indoor and outdoor boarding. It is the home of the National Capital Cowgirls competitive drill team and is an official Excel EQ Dealer.

  • Owner/Operator: Kim Cairns

  • Address: 673 Blackrock Road North Sydney, Nova Scotia PE B1X 0A3

  • Phone:902-674-0827

Countrytime Stables is a family business owned by Sue-Sweeney-Janes that carries out professional equine horsemanship shows and clinics, beginner rider lessons, and Love of Animals programs. Sue is an EHC instructor trainer who operates homebased affiliate office, Equi-Health Canada-Atlantic.

Jasper Sunrise Wildwoods

  • Owner/Operator: Jaye Gallant

  • Address: 74 Old Palmer Road St. Lawrence, Prince Edward Island

  • Phone:902-978-1505

Most of the horses of Jasper Sunrise Wildwoods were rescues or needed a home. There, they are home and happy to have a job being loved by everyone.

Jasper Sunrise Wildwoods provides lessons, after-school programs, day camps, pre-school/teen/adult sessions, trail/beach/sleigh rides, and other events. They also have a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA)-certified English and Western riding instructor on property. 

Courage Canadians

Alsike, AB

Courage Canadians breeds Canadian horses, Australian Shepherd Dogs, and hosts regular equine emergency first aid courses.

Adventure Stables - Grand Falls, NL

Adventure Stables was started over 30 years ago and we offer lessons, boarding, shows, clinics, and have added mental health services over the last few years with an Eagala model as well as a peer support model.

Owner: Kathie Lane

Kelesha Crewe - private facility

Owned by Kelesha Crewe, our barn is a private horse barn nestled on 5 acres of land in Campbellton, NL.  We host trail rides with friends quite often and trailer to other barns to trail ride and compete in shows and clinics.  Our barn has also been home to many feral cats who needed to be fostered and rehabbed until they found new homes.  We have completed all the Equi-Health Canada courses, and even the Canine Health Canada first aid course as there are beloved dogs on the property as well.

Smiling Land Farm Inc.

Smiling Land Farm Inc. is a certified organic farm (Ecocert Canada) located in Bay Bulls, NL. We are home to several different varieties of livestock including cows, goats, horses, a donkey, ducks, and honeybees. The wellness of our animals is paramount at Smiling Land Farm, where our 400+ acres provide plenty of land to graze and exercise. We also grow, harvest, and bale our own organic hay. At Smiling Land Farm, our well-trained staff have successfully completed all courses required to become a Certified Safe Facility. We feel confident in our skills and knowledge to properly respond in the event of an emergency. 

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