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The Red Robin Equestrian Foundation is driven by a desire to assist those in need by offering sessions assisted by horses - in a respectful, adapted and secure area -

The Red Robin Equestrian Foundation's mission is to help children, adults and family to cope with their emotional challenges and life circumstances such that they don’t consider suicide as an option to escape from the emotional pain they are going through. LEARN MORE...

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Contribute toward the relief of those struggling with anxiety by favoring the direct contact with horses
— Red Robin Equestrian Foundation
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For children, teenagers, adults, family.  Ultimatelyfor anyone having difficulty to cope with life’s challenge. Our program can address a wide variety of mental health and life issues such as depression, loneliness, lowered self-esteem, loss of emotional control.  Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, to name a few, affect well being and increase suicidal thoughts or disruptive behavior. 

Through interactions with horses we become aware of our limitations and innate capacity, so that we can find our own solution
— Eagala Approach
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To accomplish its mission the Foundation offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) programs created by EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association).  This approach implicates the participation of three essential partners :  health professionnals, equine specialists and, of course, horses.


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There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of people
— W. Churchill



The power of horses to influence people in incredibly powerful ways has been recognized for thousands of years.

Being prey animals, horses have no predatory protection and must rely on their keen five senses to protect them from harms.  Horses are sensitive to non-verbal communication and pay close attention to even the most subtle shifts in behaviour and intentions, and behave accordingly.  LEARN MORE...

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Mirror of our soul, the horse became an extraordinary coach because it allows for growing awareness and ability to accept and exceed our own boundaries
— Red Robin Equestrian Foundation




Céline Blanchard obtained her Ph.D. in 1999 from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Québec. She specialized in Social Psychology, with a focus on motivation and passion. She pursued post-doctoral studies at Darmouth College, Hanover, NH to further research aspects of self-regulation. In 2000, she accepted a position at the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, where she is presently the Director of the Social and Organizational Psychology Research Lab and Director of the Strategic Decision-Making Research Group. Research in the lab focuses on personal growth and psychological adjustment, researching topics such as motivation, leadership emergence, emotional competence, organizational climate, stress and decision-making.

The horses offer honest and truthful feedback, in the moment
— Red Robin Equestrian Foundation

Robin • his story

Robin 1993-2013

Suicide is still a taboo subject.  Nevertheless, it can hit at any moment, anyone, anywhere... therefore… Let’s talk about it!

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The horses’ behaviour challenges participants to reflect upon their own attitudes, emotions, body language and highlight any incongruences in non verbal message a person sends
— Red Robin Equestrian Foundation



Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much
— Helen Keller
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