Fortitude farms was created with a small herd of horses and other animals (Donkey, goats, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbit) with big hearts and the calling of a woman who loved them. There were three horses who are not here physically with us today but have fueled this project. They are still here in spirit, Koolaid, Buddy and Keeneye (you can click below to lean more of these beautiful souls legacy). Three horses who have been patient, present, loving, and solid for the herds they lived with, and humans they interacted with. Qualities needed to hold space and grace for healing and growth. For many humans, the animal can touch a part of the soul they have protected over years of challenges. This part is often the essence needed to be heard to return to wellness with all our scars.
Fortitude Farms is a place where we can learn to reconnect with ourselves, our environment, and our loved ones, through the wisdom of the horses and the help of skilled therapists who hold safe space for this to happen. We have been lucky to have three skilled therapists at the farm, Susan Cressy, MA, RPO (psychotherapist), Marleen MacDonald, MSW, RSW (Social Worker) and Marie Josée Hull, MSW, RSW (Social Worker). For each, the horse holds a special place in their hearts and souls, and they have learned how to facilitate this love and connection they share with horses with others who want it and need it. Over the years, we have created a trauma informed practice of working with people and horses. We work with people individually or in groups. We have all been trained by Deborah Marshall at Generation Farms and have done the certification process through Pro-EFW. We adhere to the principals and ethics of PRO-EFW who values the horse as a sentient being and the safe and competent practice within ones personal scope of Practice. Click on our pictures to access our personal scope of practice.
We cannot forget the family members and friends as well as all the people who have come to work and play with us over the years, because each and everyone have contributed to the work we do here. We all make a difference and that is why the horse still has not given up on us. They accept us as we are because they see the essence, we can’t always see in ourselves.