“Imagine having a 1500 pound marshmallow greet you on a field!  Your fluffy sweet, could actually be, the friendly equine we just met named Molly, out in her pasture. She stands between 15 to 16 hands, and her colour is that of your favourite camp fire snack.

Molly’s owner didn’t obtain her from a camp site though, she actually cared for her when she noticed the horse, owned by someone else, struggling with a hoof injury. Shortly after the long healing process, the caring boarder at the barn was surprised by her brother’s grand gesture —  after a visit and becoming aware of an astonishing bond — he went behind her back and bought the sweet mare for his sister. They’ve been connected ever since, and can now be found at Sierra Acres in Rockwood .

Originally bred as a powerful and docile war horse, Molly is a Percheron originating  from Huisne river valley in western French. Her breed gathered their name from the old province “Perch”.

The lovely, mellow mare actually supports warriors of the twenty first century, so to speak –  as Sierra Acres Equine Assisted Learning Centre where Molly resides, is a proud sponsor and designated service provider for the H.E.L.P. Program in Southwestern Ontario, for military and First Responders affected by Post-Traumatic Stress and/or Operation Stress Injuries.  They also offer business coaching to provide dynamic programs designed to deliver rapid results for individuals to corporate teams.

We loved meeting this affectionate and welcoming sturdy grey — Congratulations Molly, you are hoofbeats horse of the week!”

horses talk? you should listen…

hoofbeats! Radio 

Anne Porteous in the Media as well as other useful resources.

Learning from Horses. Equine Assisted Experimental Therapy.

The Power of a Horse. Article published in February 2018 issue of, One Thousand Trees.

Rockwood Woman offers Equine Program for First Responders and Military Personnel by Jaime Myslik. Article featured in the Wellington Advertiser. July 2017

These classmates say a lot without saying anything at all. Video from Mohawk News and the Recreational Therapy program. June 2016

Seeing Yourself Through a Horses Eyes by Karen Dallimore for Ontario Farmer, Aug 2015

A Helping Horse by Tiffany Mayer for Quanta, Mohawk College Publication, 2015

The EAGALA model creates interactive sessions with horses that allow clients and therapists to“see” where the problems are and find ways to solve them. Read more…

The 16 Guidelines are Tools and Inspiration for a Happy Life. Learn more…


Benefits of equine therapy and children