Occupational Therapy
WITH A SIDE OF RANCH!

Our services

Child on horseback

Hippotherapy

Using the movement of the horse to effect change in the person

Child riding a horse

Therapeutic Riding

Recreational riding adapted for persons with disabilities

Christine with a young horse

Animal Assisted OT

Learning and growing with animals in a natural setting

Our Team

Christine with a lamb

Christine Whitelaw

Christine holds a Bachelors Degree in Occupational therapy and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Science. Her career spans over 35 years and includes work with clients of all ages and conditions (physical, mental, emotional).

Herd of horses running

Our therapy Horses​

Horses used for hippotherapy must be predictable, non-reactive, consistent, and conditioned for the work. We have more than 60 horses on site so we can choose a horse that is best suited for the individual and therapy.

Closeup of two goats

Other therapy Animals​​

The ranch also has a variety of other animals that we can work with for mental health and wellness sessions. They include goats, sheep, alpacas, a llama, dogs, cats, a pig, and even a cow!

Our location

New Horizon Ranch

Therapy takes place at New Horizon Ranch, an 80-acre property in Strathcona County, Alberta.

The owner, Iris Rau, maintains a herd of over 60 horses, holds a Diploma in Equine Sciences, and is a CHA certified coach. She has been involved with horses for 40 years and has devoted her adult life to breeding, training, and showing horses as well as coaching young and adult riders. She has opened her home and her farm to various young people, some with mental health challenges, over the years. She has helped these young people, as well as many others, to discover the beauty and wonder of nature, horses and other animals on her farm.

Iris has also completed training as an Equine Assisted Personal Development Coach and offers various programs and lessons.

picture of rainbow at new horizon ranch

Sponsorship

If you are willing and able to sponsor a child or adult for therapy, please give us a call, as this will allow more people to benefit from our services. While privacy legislation prevents us from sharing information about individuals who are in treatment, we welcome you to come out to the ranch to meet us and our animal friends – bring your family for a fun day at the ranch!

Picture of newborn foal

Our Partners

WRC Rehabilitation servces logo

WRC
Rehabilitation
Services

New Horizon Ranch logo

New
Horizon
Ranch

AHA logo

American
Hippotherapy
Association

EAL Canada logo

Equine Assisted
Learning
Canada

Contact

TELEPHONE

780-758-9565

Email

contact@nurturebynature.ca

Mailing Address

305, 14032 – 23 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6R 3L6

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