I love attending sessions at big heart! Aleka is so passionate and informative. I love how being in the sessions allows me to feel present in my busy life. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my anxiety and how to manage it. The horses are beautiful, friendly and patient. I used to be afraid of horses until I attended sessions at Big Heart! Thanks so much Aleka! If you are looking for help, self-care or just a great experience I would definitely recommend attending a session or workshop with Aleka at Big Heart Equestrian!!



I just wanted to express a heartfelt offering of gratitude to you and your amazing herd for allowing me to spend time, connect, learn, grow and evolve my love of horse connections heart to heart.
You are an excellent heart and spirit centered facilitator with a depth of knowledge of horses, their nature & their needs, a good grasp on the impacts of anxiety and how effects many of our lives….. and…. great sense of humour 🙂
Thank you for gifting me also with your life experiences and stories… such a valuable inspirational and insightful  experience that I would recommend everyone to allow themselves to experience with or without anxiety
Life transformational


My daughter and I had been searching for 5 years, for someone to help her deal with and over come the trauma she had experienced. We had been to multiple social workers, psychologists and child psychiatrists. Only to be disappointed every time. Then one day my friend came across this program on Facebook that integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with horses. We made an appointment and figure what do we have to lose? As Aleka walked out of the barn towards us my daughter said “she’s so young. How is she going to help me?” We spent an hour with Aleka, getting to know each other and my daughter spent time walking a horse around the arena. That hour changed her life. In that hour, Aleka and Mach the horse, gave her hope. She still had a lot of work to do. And it wasn’t going to be a cake walk, but for the first time in years, she believed that her life could be different from the darkness she was living. Over the past year, she has learned skills to cope with her anxiety. She has learned to identify her feelings and use healthy strategies to cope with them on a daily basis. She went from spending the entire day hiding from the world in her bed to graduating high school, and attending her first lecture in university. Every day is still a challenge, but with the help of the staff at Big Heart Equestrian, she believes in herself and her future. I will never be able to truly thank Aleka and the all of her horses, for all they have done for my daughter.


Testimonial from Tracy

Amazing service for mental health & children with disabilities !




This program has really helped me. The Overcoming Anxiety with Horses Program taught me a lot about anxiety and coping skills. Thank you Aleka and Mach!