Welcome to PRANCE
Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians
PRANCE - Therapeutic Equestrian Centre was established in 1993 for the purpose of helping persons with physical, developmental, intellectual and emotional challenges through work with horses. Our goal is to help every individual achieve to the best of their abilities and to promote integration and acceptance of diversity in our community.
Miramichi Farms is the home of PRANCE located on the Eastern shore of Lake Huron near Port Elgin, Ontario within the traditional territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) and the harvesting areas of the Georgian Bay Metis Nation of Ontario (NMO) and the Historic Saugeen Metis (HSM) peoples.
To visit our facililty and learn more about our programs, please contact Ann Marie at 519-832-2522. Our grounds are closed to the public but we'd be happy to have you here for a visit! No one should ever feed our horses without permission as some horses cannot tolerate sugar and both carrots and apples can be a choking hazaard. We would be happy to show you other ways to love them and appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Stay safe and hope to welcome you here soon!
PRANCE in a TIME OF PANDEMIC - COVID 19 UPDATE
It's been a tough time for PRANCE over the past couple of years as it has been for so many of you. We truly hope that each of you is getting through it okay and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. After the cancelation of our spring programs, annual fund-raising craft show and summer camps, we are finally fully re-opened and are excited to welcome our riders back! New COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures have been established that will allow us to safely run programs. Please refer to the News & Events section to learn more.
We continue to care for and meet the needs of our very special herd of therapeutic horses and thank the donors who have stood by us. If you want to help with horse care costs, we would gratefully welcome donations. You can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to give or direct your gift through CANADA HELPS.
Thank you very much and we hope to see you soon! Stay healthy - stay safe.
Therapeutic Riding: We run two ten-week therapeutic riding programs each spring and fall that focus on mounted horseback riding for riders with disabilities from aged 5 to 105! Each rider is assisted by a horse leader and one to two side-walkers. Our classes consist of no more than four riders at a time and participants are grouped according to their age and ability. Every rider must submit an application to be eligible and our instructor will chart the goals and progress of each individual throughout the session.
Equine Facilitated Wellness or EFW: Our Equine Facilitated Wellness program involves ground work learning experiences and therapy with horses, facilitated by a mental health professional and equine specialist. The barn and arena stand in for a traditional office environment and the presence of the horses allows those individuals who may be less verbal to open up in a safe space where they can work on their unique issues. EFW has been shown to be effective for: anxiety, depression, PTSD and grief. PRANCE has a licensed social worker on staff and we are the only facility in our region to offer this form of counselling. Contact Rebecca at email@example.com to learn more.
Day Camp Program: The PRANCE Day Camp program is founded on the principle of inclusion. We know that in order for our society to thrive, each person must be accepted and nurtured regardless of their individual differences and challenges. When all children participate together in a diverse environment, children with disabilities improve their self-esteem and socialization skills, while their non-disabled peers learn tolerance and acceptance. Throughout our week-long camp experience, all campers work side by side as they learn to ride and take care of a horse. At the end of camp, each individual has not just earned a ribbon for good horsemanship but more importantly, campers learn to integrate and make new friendships, while celebrating differences. The strength of our camp is in the diversity of the participants.
PRANCE is located at Miramichi Farms on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron at #5543 Hwy. 21 between Port Elgin and Southampton, in the traditional territory of Saugeen Ojibway Nation. We are proud to have riders from all areas including Southampton, Port Elgin, Saugeen First Nation #29, Sauble Beach, Owen Sound, Walkerton, Kincardine, Hanover, Elmwood, Dobbinton, Holyrood, Wingham, Teeswater, Ripley, Chesley and Tiverton.
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Website Updated: April 11, 2022