Testimonial: For a few years, we have traveled all over Canada and the United States in search of therapies for our daughter. After not seeing results with conventional physiotherapy and occupational therapy, we traveled with our special needs child in hope of finding treatment with positive outcomes. Sometimes we were successful and sometimes we saw a regression in our daughter’s development. Upon my research, I came across Hippotherapy and was intrigued with the idea of using the movement of a horse for the facilitation of the neuromotor system that supports the functional inputs of the patient. We were very fortunate to find out that Stable Connections is located in our home province of Manitoba.
During our first session, the team at Stable Connections proved their knowledge and experience with children. The team takes time to connect with our daughter, she is engaged in all the activities, and the animals provide comfort. The treatment my daughter receives at Stable Connections helps her to organize her sensory system and unlock abilities that we thought we would never see. After each session we notice that our daughter is calmer, stronger and better coordinated.
After a few sessions, we were able to see our daughter’s core muscles strong enough to be able to ride along with the horse’s movement. Our daughter’s neurologist told us that our daughter would walk independently around the age of five. Our daughter started walking independently a month before her fourth birthday. Without a doubt, she was able to meet this major milestone thanks to the few months of sessions at Stable Connections. We witness her strength, balance and confidence grow as she attends sessions at Stable Connections.
I wish and pray that Stable Connections establishes into a year-round facility that can accommodate more people in need because it has proven to work far better than all the other therapeutic practices we have visited. Sarah at Stable Connections is committed to her patients, the families and her profession. We are forever grateful for Sarah’s commitment to our daughter’s goals in becoming independent, as well as educating us as caregivers in assisting our daughter in everyday activities. Sarah is an inspirational therapist and we are so blessed to have her on our daughter’s health team.
Testimonial: A remarkable team and outstanding advocates! Both Sarah-Michelle and Karen are incredible. There are no true words that can describe the care, knowledge and passion they have.
After only a few short weeks under Stable Connections wings, our daughters have made significant gains and continue to move in a healthy direction. The holistic therapeutic approaches around mind, body and soul through equine-assisted therapy are magical. By far one of the most inspiring experiences we’ve had during our journey as parents with children who have experienced trauma.
We highly recommend Stable Connections! The outcomes are far greater than traditional talk therapies and out-way any medicinal treatment. It’s an honor to be a part of this profound organization & team of amazing professionals.
Sincerely, Tamara & Troy
Testimonial: Our occupational therapy sessions including Hippotherapy have helped our child with balance and motor planning. Since we began our sessions with Sarah and the team at Stable Connections – we have seen success in physical literacy skills like being more comfortable in the water - mastering front and back floats, as well as front crawl and backstroke, and riding a bike without any aids. The confidence gained from working with Sarah, her team, and the horses is immeasurable. We see a willingness to try things that were simply not even a consideration prior to hippotherapy and that confidence spills over into every aspect of life. We can’t thank Sarah enough for her professionalism and the genuine care and interest she takes in each of her clients. She and the therapy horses give so much to everyone and the love comes back tenfold! Thank you for the work you do to improve quality of life – I don’t know where we would be without you and the service you provide. -Anonymous parent
Testimonial: To whom it may concern, I’m writing to let you know how important and what an impact Stable Connections has had on mine and my family’s life. Sarah and Karen are amazing people and are great at what they do. I believe whole heartedly that my oldest child wouldn’t be alive today and my family would have fallen apart if it wasn’t for Sarah and Karen. My oldest child started seeing them just over a year and a half ago. Up to this point we had tried many resources for them that just wasn’t working. They could not connect or trust other people. Somehow both Sarah and Karen managed to get my child to trust and open up to them. We tried one on one counselling through MATC, they were in the CATS program one on one and group sessions, they also ended up in P1 north which is the children’s Psych ward. They were seriously considering ending their life and they were already self-harming and had made attempts to end their life. We finally heard about Stable Connections and how they use horses in their therapy. I thought why not it can’t hurt. It has been one of the best decisions I have made for my child and this family. There has been death, divorce and abuse that they have helped us work through. So not only have they seen my oldest, they have also seen some of the rest of the family, including myself one on one and in a family setting. My family actually gets along and functions now. They have helped us work through the worst time in our lives and have unique ways by using the horses to help better to connect to ourselves and others. I've never seen anything like it before and didn’t know it even existed but I’m glad we found them and have been able to have this experience. We have gone from arguing all the time and living in constant fear that my oldest would succeed in killing themselves and Sarah and Karen have helped them work through and will continue to work through their issues. We no longer live in fear of having to attend a funeral. Thank you for taking the time to read this and find out what Stable connections has done for my family and I. They do very important work and I would recommend them to anyone. Deanna
Testimonial: The one and only good thing that came out of this pandemic? A confirmation that occupational therapy incorporating Hippotherapy was really helping my son. In spring of 2020, when everything got shut down, including therapies, regression started. Vincent was agitated and frustrated. He had stresses and pain that we could not help him with. He had been doing occupational therapy incorporating Hippotherapy for at least 2 years and was excited to do so. What has hippotherapy helped my son with? You name it and it helped! Frustration, vocalization, constipation, alertness, stress, focus, and I could go on! Hippotherapy has helped us do activities as a family because his stress and agitation towards his sisters was replaced by a curiosity and wonder of what they were doing. Even though my son is nonverbal, he does not hide his feelings and he made it very clear when he likes or dislikes something. He made it very clear that he loves his sessions and that he NEEDS them. I honestly don’t know what we would do without it. Alain, Prévine et Vincent Beauchamp
I am a rehab support worker, and I have been working with neuro rehab for over 20 years. Shortly after a client of mine began working with Sarah’s occupational therapy program incorporating hippotherapy as a treatment strategy, the improvements were quickly noticed. My client’s stability was much improved, allowing for stronger and safer, stands and transfers. My client also began to develop a more functional sense of centre, and a lessening of ataxic movements. This aided in exerting more control over general and specific movements. Since working with Sarah, my client’s increased stability and dexterity, has allowed for less frustration, when attempting coordinated movements needed for daily living. The improvements gained from Sarah’s program, have increased my client’s quality of day to day life. K.
A heartfelt "Thank you" to Sarah-Michelle and her team. Tobi, her trusted horse, is vital to each session. He, along with Sarah and Karen, work on emotions and different brain affected developments. We have seen changes in our child's behaviour and focus right from the first visit. After each session there is a calmness in her energy that last for many days and we love watching her self esteem grow ! Wish we could have a session every day! Sincerely, Jim S.
My 14 year old daughter endured a traumatic experience last November . We had heard about Hippotherapy and met with Sarah this year. My daughter has gone from being withdrawn and closed to being able to feel all her emotions and even express joy ! Tobi, the incredible horse that Sarah and Karen work with allows Marisa to express herself without judgment . Sarah and Karen's years of training is evident in the calm and open manner in which they work with my daughter. Thank you Stable Connections for giving my daughter her life back :) Thank -you, Tricia