People of all ages and from many walks of life can benefit from interacting with horses. Read some of our client testimonials below.
"My daughter attended Sierrah Acres for a week of youth camp in August 2016. I found out about Cindy’s wonderful camp through a brochure that was in my daughter’s therapist’s office. My 11-year old daughter has issues with low self-esteem and anxiety. What a wonderful experience this camp was for her.
The kids learned how important communication and expressing their feelings was through using Cindy’s amazing calm and safe horses as examples. They learned that although horses don’t “speak”, they communicate with each other and us through body language and expressions, and how important this communication was in knowing what the horses were thinking and feeling. The kids were challenged with what aspect of being around the horses would be the most uncomfortable for them – whether it be touching, leading, riding or feeding them. Over the course of the week they set personal goals and milestones and Cindy gently guided them towards each success, while encouraging them to discuss their feelings and instilled pride and confidence for each successful step towards their individual goals.
My daughter learned to set goals, challenge herself and be proud of her accomplishments every step of the way. Another important part of the camp was listening to other children’s challenges and supporting them while they met their personal goals and milestones. The camp also included nature walks, bonfires, crafts, visiting a neighbouring farm with miniature animals and learning responsibility in caring for the animals.
I cannot express enough what a positive experience this was for my daughter. She gained emotional strength and confidence through learning that other children also have challenges and fears, and in helping not only herself but others to achieve their goals. I have asked Cindy to let me know of any and all activities and camps that my daughter can attend. She had a wonderful time at the camp, talks about it non-stop and asks when she can go back! I wholeheartedly recommend Sierrah Acres and please feel free to use my name and give my email to anyone wanting a reference for the amazing work that you do – I can’t thank you enough and look forward to future activities for my daughter!
"I just wanted to say thank you for an amazing week of camp. Kaitlyn thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The gift you and the horses gave her is priceless.
In the weeks leading up to camp, we were at Sick kids seeing specialists and she was going to be facing new treatment. She was focused on Sierrah and how much fun she was going to have at horse camp. When she did her MRI, again she spoke of Sierrah and spent most of the time telling me about her and horses.
I've even fallen in love with Sierrah too. She is so friendly. There is a peaceful warmth in her soul.
You've also given her the gift of more self confidence. That is priceless. I still can't believe she can walk around and lead a horse like that. I can't wait to see what she will do in the future. The world is her oyster."
"I can't say enough about the owner and operator, Cindy. She is an amazing, caring, wonderful person that has a true passion for helping individuals that are hurting no matter what the cause. I never realized how therapeutic horses could be until I took my daughter to Sierrah Acres for a few sessions. Because of her love for animals I thought it would be good for her. You see, she was only 14 but was bullied as a child, so her confidence was very low and she was becoming very introverted.
*After only a few sessions at Sierrah Acres, my daughter began to open up, gain confidence and for the first time in a long time, I saw her smile. I hadn't seen her that happy or peaceful in a long time. It was the beginning of better times for her and, because of her visits at Sierrah Acres, she is now happier and more confident.
I would recommend Sierrah Acres to anyone and encourage all especially parents whose kids are going through difficulties to try this therapy with horses - no matter what issues they might be facing. I am so grateful to Cindy for all her help and passion that she has poured into Sierrah Acres and I am truly grateful."
"The two of us have never had such a positive experience and time with Aiden. We have never ever seen him so engaged and so happy, in an environment that you have mastered and created. Honestly. We told our daughter and son-in-law too.
The time and caring you showered on Aiden will be with him and us forever. I make scrapbook albums for all my kids (and now only the grandkids), which they love. These photos will be in his album forever!
Thank you again for the most superbly therapeutic day for all of us. It was absolutely brilliant."
“I want to thank Cindy for introducing me to the wonder full world of horses. When I first met Sierrah, there was an instant connection and it made me realize that I could have these feelings again.
Having someone like Cindy teaching me was amazing; she is a very patient, understanding and caring person. Working with Sierrah and Paris has truly been an awesome experience.
Having the horse act as a mirror for my emotions has helped to start to calm my anxiety by forcing me to look at what's going on in myself right at that moment. I have also learned to understand patience a whole lot better and to be comfortable with the pace of my recovery.
I truly believe that in the short time I have been working with Cindy and the horses, it has done more for me than all the talk therapy I've been through. Thank-you Cindy, Sierrah and Paris.”