Upcoming True Natural Horsemanship instructor and public workshops

About the Epona Academy of True Natural Horsemanship

True Natural Horsemanship (TNH) is the brainchild of Felicia Allen. Felicia has had a passion for horses since a small child when she began a classical European riding education. When her parents immigrated to Canada some years later, Epona Stable and Farms was started in 1975 on their property in North Vancouver, BC. Felicia continued with instruction from several noted instructors in Canada and soon acquired her first horse, a stallion named Valient's Victory who was deemed to be a "very talented" but an "untrainable" stallion by other horse trainers. In time, Felicia and Valient were noticed in show circles for their high placings in the ribbons and recognition of Felicia's 'special abilities' with horses began to spread.

Most of Felicia's nearly five decades of, as she puts it, “living and loving horses” has been primarily as a horse trainer working with young horses (foals), former race horses, traumatized horses, horse/rider combinations and basic and advanced horse training/riding styles, with certifications inbetween a university education and a two-time college graduation. Her training method for pacers “Retraining The Pacer ~ Standardbred Horse Training” was made into a video in 1994 and has been acclaimed internationally as the foremost humane and effective retraining method for the 'cure' of the pacer gait in the retired sulky race horses. She is also the founder of the Standardbred Horse Fan Club and horse rescue which rehabilitates abused and traumatized horses.

Felicia began early on as one of the Canadian pioneers of natural horsemanship to explore Natural Horsemanship as an alternative to her many years of a classical riding education and her passion for horses soon took her on another journey, the language of horses. After seeing how Natural Horsemanship was becoming commercialized by so-called 'horse whisperers' for profit and at the expense of the wellbeing of the horses, she developed the True Natural Horsemanship method to show how horses can be trained with humane and compassionate communication - without the constant use or presence of a whip or ropes around their necks - with just a few simple changes and a little knowledge. TNH is known for its lasting outcomes and healthy, happy horses showing willingness and cooperation while in training and related activities.

Felicia is also an innovator and pioneer in Equine Assisted Natural Healing (EANH). EANH is based on Equine Intuitive Healing©, a concept she originated and has specifically developed and taught for almost three decades although she credits the horses with the "gift of equine intuitive healing" with humans as the facilitators in the EANH program.The principle of Equine Intuitive Healing is based on horses supreme survival abilities (which have evolved since the time of the dinosaur) where horses were much smaller living among their long since perished ancestors. Incredibly, horses have survived many, many millions of years of evolution and environmental challenges as prey animals. The extraordinary senses that horses have developed enable them innately to sense our energies and emotions silently and non-intrusively. Felicia puts it this way:

Horses feel our energies and emotions then intuitively sense how to bring unity from chaos to those inner feelings and expressions. It's not something that anyone can merely explain - how can we as humans with such short evolutionary histories in comparison begin to fully understand the supreme survival senses that nature has gifted to the horse? Simply put, intellectually we cannot. Emotionally and psychologically we respond extremely well.

EANH is helpful for autism, PTSD, reconnecting and working with youth at risk.

A year ago Felicia also started another program that she created, Giddy Fit With Horses! to provide overweight and obese individuals experiences with horses while developing skills for lifestyle changes for continued health and wellbeing in a non-riding program where horses assist as personal trainers.

An accomplished rider, trainer and instructor, Felicia resides in BC, Canada and continues to operate Epona Stable and Farms Limited. The stable also provides horseback riding lessons, horse training and horse boarding as well as public special events. She is also the founder of the Equine Right To A Quality Life movement in Canada.



Equine Assisted Natural Healing
Equine Assisted Natural Healing (EANH)
Equine Right To A Quality Life
Equine Right To A Quality Life (ER)
Giddy Fit With Horses program
Giddy Fit With Horses!

As a longstanding contributor to social justice and animal welfare causes, Felicia has had a profound impact on the treatment of less fortunate animals and people. Her natural horsemanship methods are internationally recognized by her peers and by experts

Dr. Kedrick James, University Of British Columbia


Felicia's love of horses is clear, and she is a great role model to learn from.

Adam Tatelman, Staff Writer, Douglas College.

Two horses having a tête-à-tête while Felicia looks on.


Contact Details


Telephone:(604) 263-1023

Email: Contact the Academy

Facility: Board & amenities


Address:
*By appointment only*
12266B 240 Street
Maple Ridge
British Columbia,
Canada.

Copyright

The statements and information on the Epona Academy web site are the sole copyright of Epona Stable and Farms Ltd. Any replication, duplication or use of the True Natural Horsemanship methods and philosophy without written permission are enforceable as a copyright infringement. The Epona Academy Of True Natural Horsemanship is a division of the Epona Stable and Farms Limited established in 1975.