Kaileen St. Antoine
Lindsay, ON K0V 4R5
705 879 4207
Kaileen Dancing Heart Warrior has always felt an affinity for nature and animals. Her grandparents owned a fishing lodge on beautiful Wassi Lake near North Bay, ON and she spent her vacations with them soaking in the wonder of the wilderness around her. Her first experience with horses was witnessing the healing power they had on people with special needs when her brother began taking therapeutic riding lessons. Kaileen was now passionately in love with horses; the term ‘horse crazy’ describes precisely her childhood years. As an adolescent she took riding lessons and competed in shows.
While in high school she had the experience of working at a wildlife rehabilitation centre which inspired her to continue down that path in her post-secondary education. In 2006 Kaileen graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College with a diploma as a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Technician. At this time she also attained a certification by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council in Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation and held a summer intern position with Wildlife Preservation Canada working with Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes, an endangered species of songbird.
While in college Kaileen’s love of horses was rekindled. She dedicated all of her spare time volunteering with Heaven Can Wait Equine Rescue. Having a hand in helping over 300 horses, ponies and donkeys, she gained extensive knowledge of horse health, behaviour, and training, as well as invaluable skills in public relations, fundraising and coordinating and supervising volunteers. It was during her time with Heaven Can Wait that she became interested in natural hoofcare and began an apprenticeship with Nature’s Barefoot Hoofcare Guild Inc. She is now a certified Natural Hoofcare Practitioner and currently has her own business performing natural trims on clients’ horses in the Kawartha Lakes and surrounding areas.
In addition to her passion for animals, Kaileen also has a love of organic farming. She has 5 years of experience in all aspects of growing food for market, including operating a food-box program. In 2009 she co-founded Greenshire Eco Farms a cooperatively owned farm operation on which she resides. In 2010 she and farm partner Cindy MacDonald founded the Healing Horse Centre to facilitate the healing of horses and humans alike. In May 2011 she became a certified Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning practitioner and will begin to share the teaching of the horses to aid people in personal development. She is very excited to continue on her journey of self improvement and feels joyful in sharing this with others.