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Wellness Programs

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A participant giving Ebony a scratch behind his ears.

Removing the Saddle

At TEAD, we know the benefits our horses provide surpass those of riding.  Horses are one of the largest domestic prey animals and provide an opportunity for us to interact with a physically powerful, yet incredibly sensitive, receptive, and accepting animal.  Through these interactions we build connections, trust and long-lasting friendships.

TEAD offers several Wellness Programs that rotate throughout the year.  Some are completely unmounted, while others offer opportunities to ride towards the end of the program.  


Spring 2023 Wellness Programs

Registration is now open!  If the applicant is new to TEAD, please reach out to Rachel at troton@tead.on.ca or 905-679-8323 ext. 226 to sign up.

*Participants must pay a $15 Annual Rider Registration fee in addition to Wellness Program fees.  In some cases, a $45 assessment may also be required before a program begins.  


If you have a group in mind but the program you want isn't running, please email troton@tead.on.ca and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Details about our Wellness Programs are listed below; program flyers can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.  

D.E.F.Y. (Designed Exclusively For You) - appointments only

  • open to any individual, family, or friend group struggling with mental wellness and/or isolation
  • 2 hour-long classes, one week apart
  • 2-4 participants
  • the first class is unmounted, and the second is based on the client's interest
  • a great introductory program to horses
  • Cost: $135*

*Includes $15 annual rider registration fee. 

Fresh Air Community Partnership - email if interested

  • designed to partner with not-for-profit & community organizations
  • hour-long classes for 8 consecutive weeks
  • highly customizable to best suit participants' needs
  • 4-6 participants
  • riding may be an option in the final 2 weeks
  • Cost: $495*

​​​​​​​Includes $15 annual rider registration fee. ​​​​​​​

Munchkins in Motion - email if interested

  • for children aged 4-12
  • an experiential learning-based unmounted program aimed to provide children, with or without disabilities, an introduction to accessible equestrian activities 
  • promotes physical literacy by building sensory and gross motor skills
  • teaches responsibility, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • hour-long classes for 8 consecutive weeks
  • 4-6 participants
  • Cost: $495*

Includes $15 annual rider registration fee. ​​​​​​​

Take the Reins - email if interested

  • combined mounted & unmounted program designed for adults who struggle with mental wellness and/or isolation, and want to reclaim a sense of inner strength and self-leadership
  • designed for adults that are curious about horses, but find them intimidating
  • slower-paced learning allows participants to gain trust and confidence
  • hour-long classes for 8 consecutive weeks
  • riding may be an option in the final 2 weeks
  • 4-6 participants
  • Cost: $495*

Includes $15 annual rider registration fee. ​​​​​​​

Time with the Herd - email if interested

  • unmounted program aimed to provide adults, with or without disabilities, an introduction to accessible equestrian activities
  • versatile programming for all learning styles and processing levels
  • teaches responsibility, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • hour-long classes for 8 consecutive weeks
  • 4-6 participants
  • Cost: $495*

​​​​​​​Includes $15 annual rider registration fee. ​​​​​​​

Unbridling Teen Potential - email if interested

  • for (pre)teens aged 12-16 (younger participants may be considered on an individual basis)
  • teaches leadership, horsemanship, and interpersonal skills
  • mindfulness activities reduce anxiety, encouraging emotional regulation
  • participants gain self-esteem, confidence, empathy, and a sense of mastery
  • 1.5 hour-long classes for 8 consecutive weeks
  • 5 classes are unmounted & the last 3 are mounted
  • 4-6 participants
  • Cost: $495*

Includes $15 annual rider registration fee. 

Wellness in the Woods - by appointment only

  • hour-long ride through the trails on our beautiful farm with a certified instructor
  • aims to provide relief to those who are struggling with mental wellness
  • teaches mindfulness, breathing techniques, and stretching exercises
  • builds strength in important core muscles for a great mind-body workout
  • Cost: $60 per ride*

TEAD Wellness Program Flyers

TEAD Wellness Program Flyers