It all started with the love for a pony
Mélyssa Léveillé is the founder, owner and operator of EarthSide Acres. Throughout her childhood, Mélyssa has always been around horses. If it wasn't her own pony Randy, it was her uncles horses. in 2010, she continued on her love for animals as a Registered Veterinary Technician working in a veterinary practice for 5 years. In Finally in 2012, she got her first horse and she got to develop her connection to horses and gain experience. Later in 2016, she decided to study in Educational assistant and this is where she stands today. Guiding and supporting children in a classroom environnment as wel as children with disabilities, on the autism spectrum, learning disabilities and
In 2019, her horse, Ava, had helped her through post partum depression and anxiety as well as grief and loss. At this point, Mélyssa realised how much of an impact horses have on humans. After lots of research she discovered Equine Assisted Learning and knew right away she wanted to offer this service to her community.
She completed her certification at Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Center in Bradford in August 2021.
MEET THE HORSES
Ava has been part of Melyssa's life since 2012, Ava was only 2 years old. She's a Canadian and is roughly 14 hands high. She loves people and is amazxing in the Equine Assisted Learning program.
Knight is a big horse with a big heart. He is a Canadian/Percheron 16h guelding. He has come such a long way since his arrival in 2020. Knight is currently taking part in adult Equine Assisted Learning sessions.
Lola is a sweet Paint mare who became part of the herd in the fall of 2021. She is very gentle, calm and easy going. Lola is a great new addition to the Earthside Acres family!
Randy is a sweet, laidback 28 year old pony. With all the adventure he has been through, he is now enjoying his retirement. At times, he takes part in programs with young children. He can't help his love for kids!