Two years ago I had the good fortune to have to wait for my appointment at a local health practitioner which gave me the opportunity to browse through the magazines and the business cards displayed in the wait area.
While waiting for services is never a happy event, discovering Mary Howe’s business card and becoming connected to SonFlower Stables has truly turned out to be one of the greatest outcomes imaginable!
I called Mary to learn more about her services for riding but discovered she offered so much more and was exactly what I’d been searching for!
I want to thank you for all that you do at Sonflower Stables. As a professional working with clients with varying degrees of mental health and developmental disabilities, I am in awe of the breakthroughs that I have been fortunate enough to witness at your facility. Every client and co-worker that has had the opportunity to utilize the Equine Therapy sessions with you have been dramatically impacted in the most astounding ways.
Personally, I would like to share with you the impact that I witnessed in a couple of my clients. My co-workers have shared similar experiences with me but I will touch on my own for now.
I am writing to you today to express my sincere gratitude in regards to our connecting through the young man I support and have had the privilege to walk with on his life journey.
From our first emails and phone calls I knew I had found an utterly unique professional who understood the complexities of multiple diagnosis’s such as the young man I currently support. You did not hesitate to invite us to come to visit and meet with you to see if there was a connection.
Keelyn and Tammy
Dear Mary 💖,
Keelyn and I just want to tell you how very much we appreciate what you and your amazing team of incredibly beautiful horses have done for us.
When we arrived at the stables for the first time in the early spring, we were both trying to find our way back to a happy, healthy relationship as Mother and Daughter.
Keelyn had unfortunately lost herself over the last couple of years, when trying as she might to fit in and find her place in this big scary world. Unfortunately this took her down the wrong path and she lost her true beautiful self.
After several difficult life lessons she decided that it was time for some deep soul searching to rediscover who she truly was. This lead to finding you and your team, through talking with other people who have also been on similar journeys.
You described to us that what happens at the stables as "magic" and at our last visit you asked me how I would describe what happens there and that is the exact word that I used....it is truly "magic"
Through our sessions with you and the horses, we have rebuilt our relationship as strong as ever and Keelyn is definetly back to her loving, caring, confident beautiful self.
Thank you again Mary for all of your time spent with us and teaching us the tools we needed to get where we are today.
Sincerely, Keelyn and Tammy🌻
Teacher at Assumption College School- Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board
It is my pleasure to write this testimonial for Sonflower Stables. This past November, I had the opportunity to bring my special education class to Sonflower Stables for a class trip.
Mary Howe and her wonderful crew organized an interactive workshop which brought together the majestic and gentle spirit of the horses with the open hearts of my students.
The entire experience was moving from beginning to end. My students were encouraged to try things that they have never experienced before, such as; grooming, reading to horses, creating an obstacle course, learning how to properly interact with horses, participating in literacy activities and meditation.
I was able to see firsthand, students who, at times, are reluctant learners,demonstrating an eagerness and excitement for learning!
I can attest to this as some of students were moved to tears that day as they were so filled with joy and emotion.
My students were overwhelmed with happiness and continue to express their desire to return to Sonflower Stables.
The adults that worked with the horses were kind and very accommodating. This is an experience I would recommend to any educator without hesitation.
I sincerely believe my students came away with a heightened sensitivity to the genuine nature of these animals and ultimately have increased their overall ability to empathize with others. Thank you for such a beautiful day.
Reverend Deborah Filler
I have the privilege and honor of witnessing Mary at work with her beautiful horses. As a Clinical Therapist was utterly amazed at how she was able to tune is so quickly to the need of the soul. Which is something beyond what I have ever observed. I watched with sheer delight burdens being lift, as the persons body language reflected the release of trauma so fast. I would highly recommend this to anyone seeking immediate clarity and release of what ails their spirit.
Reverend Deborah Filler
Hi y'all, My name is Rachael. I have been through a lot in my life. I was put up for adoption when i was 6 months old and adopted when i was 8 months old. I was adopted into a very abusive home. Physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse. In school i was picked on a lot. I went through life thinking I was not worthy of anything or anyone and feeling that everyone hated me. When i was 18 I found out i was pregnant. BIG shocker! I knew i could not Keep my child due to on going problems with my parents and I wanted to protect the child. I called my past youth pastor and talked with them about it. They knew of a family that was looking to adopt. well long story short.. they are an amazing family who has raised my daughter very well! I am so glad that i chose that family. 4 years ago I had to get a hysterectomy due to medical problems. Now to how i met Mary, Mounty and Sonflower Stables!!! Well i have always loved horses and have ridden quite a bit. when i moved to Delhi Ontario I was looking for a place where i could brush horses as i find it really calming. I kept looking it up on google etc and kept getting this stables popping up, so i called them and Mary answered. I told her what i was looking for and she told me a little about her program. we then made a plan for me to come meet her horses. So i did, I was so excited! I got to the barn and Mary told me to just go into the field to say "hi" to the horses. I did but no one wanted to stay near me or come to me. then i saw Mounty, she was standing by herself. I went over to her and started brushing her, she kept moving and putting her baby belly on my belly. I was so confused by this but i continued to brush her. she was loving it! I started to walk away and she followed me, when i stopped, she stopped. It was awesome! As i stood there just rubbing her i felt like she was telling me that we would share her baby (Marnie) you see i had been dealing with the fact that i had given away the only child i could have, left her in the hospital, walked away from her, what kind of woman/ mother does that? that was all i had been struggling with. I visited Mounty as much as i could. and i was there before mounty had Marnie. I felt like she was telling me that she was going to have her baby that night but i thought maybe it was just me over thinking. well Mary and i got back to Delhi and we got a call about a hour later that Mounty was having the baby. we jumped in the van and drove back to the breeders. we got there just after the birth. I got to go into the stall with them and it was amazing! Marnie wanted to come over to me right away. but i could not touch her that night. when Mary and I went back the next day we went in and Marnie was so interested in us and Mounty loved even more scratches. Mary explained to me that Mounty had been through a lot with her life and was sometimes picked on by the other horses. Sonflower Stables is a amazing place with amazing horses and awesome staff! Thank you so much for sharing your horses with me and helping me heal!