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Pachina the first day we saw her (look at how tall she is)

Pachina the first day we saw her (look at how tall she is)

Rescue Horses

Pachina is an 18hh (That makes her 6’2” at her shoulders) Belgian draft horse, she weighs about 1500 pounds. She is choosy who she gives her heart to. As she becomes more familiar with her surroundings she will blossom even more. She is approximately 4 – 6 years young. She was affectionately named Pachina because of the scars on her face. (Al Pachino Scarface). She is brave and smart and will make an excellent healing horse. When she is ready she will partner up with us in a natural horsemanship training environment.

Samson is an 18hh puppy dog. He weighs about 1500 pounds too. He is a Percheron and a very loving boy. He loves children already you can see that trait in him. The very first time I saw him he stole the heart of my daughter and I. He bravely walked right over to us as if to say THANK YOU I have been waiting for your arrival. He gives the most amazing hugs and is curious about everything. Samson is already starting his natural horsemanship training regime.

A kiss of thanks from Samson

Usually it takes a few days to integrate new horses into an already established herd. But Samson had other plans. After being here for less than 24 hours he broke 3 boards playing with the other horses and then decided enough of this and used his handy lips to play with the chain and opened the gate and walked right in with rest of the herd. Due to his size and gentle nature the intro went very well.

HEART Retreat is an equine healing centre located by the new university in Orillia. Craig and Sandi purchased the farm in 2011. The farm was settled in 1860 and we are the third family to own the magnificent 200 acre farm. The farm was purchased specifically for an equine healing centre. When we moved in we had 4 horses. My oh my how the 4 legged family grew. HEART Retreat has 3 practitioners and offers many natural healing modalities such as Reiki - this can be done with the horses or without - reflexology, Native healing, meditation and more. We offer animal communication and have recently opened a gift shop. Our indoor serenity room offers a non-clinical quiet practitioners area complete with a vibroacoustic sound healing bed.

A hug of gratitude from Samson

A hug of gratitude from Samson

HOW THE SESSIONS WORK: a minimum of 2 practitioners are present during the session for the safety of the client and the practitioner (the donkeys like to play with the sheets, toes, and anything that is not tacked down.) The client lays on the massage table that is placed in a chosen spot in the horses field, the horses choose which one(s) come(s) to offer the healing, they scan the clients body and go into a trance like state until they feel the healing session is complete. During the session energy is exchanged from horse to human and sometimes vice versa. Then they roll, shake, lick and chew before returning to the herd. The client feels relaxed and in a state of peace while the body balances the energy and it is sent to where it is needed most for healing or recharging.

HEART Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary, has been set up in honour of Samson and Pachina. We would like to be in a position to “foster” one rescue animal per year. Right now we have 11 horses, 7 of which have been rescued since November 2011. We have 3 donkeys that their farms had to be sold and they needed forever homes. The 2 llamas are here for entertainment but play an important role in predator control. The 2 sheep, well they came with the farm, and are friendly and cuddly so why not add them to the mix. See our facebook page for photos of some great human/animal interaction.

A breath of life

A breath of life

Samson the first day we saw him

Samson the first day we saw him


ONE DAY WE WERE GRAZING
A HERD OF 9
SOME ONE WAS SAYING
IT WAS THE END OF THE LINE
HOW CAN HUMANS DO THIS
IT WAS NOT OUR TIME

OH DIVINE CREATOR
HEAR OUR PRAYER
WE ARE WAY TOO YOUNG
TO COME THERE

THE PRAYER TRAVELLED AWAY ON WINGS OF A DOVE
AND STOPPED ON THE DOORSTEP OF HEARTS WITH GREAT LOVE
THE COUPLE CAME AND SAW THEN BOUGHT US ALL
DIVINE INTERVENTION HAD SAVED OUR SOULS
NOW FINDING FOREVER HOMES WAS THEIR ONLY GOAL
WITH THE HELP OF MANY AND THE CHALLENGES OF FEW
OUR HERD OF 9 HEAVY DRAFT HORSES FAMILY GREW
THE WORD TRAVELLED FAST
SOME PEOPLE CAME FROM A FAR
OFFERING GOOD HOMES
FOR THESE SENTIENT BEINGS
FILLING PETRA AND MUSH’S HEARTS
AND PUTTING ANIMAL KISSES IN THEIR JAR

THANK YOU FROM OUR BIG HEARTS
SAMSON, PACHINA

HEART Retreat
Oro-Medonte
Ontario, Canada

(705) 326-4317

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