Dancing with Horses by the Sea - Kim Levy
Tucked away in Lockeport, Nova Scotia, in an area where people haven’t forgotten how to be human, lives a woman and her destiny.
Although she was unaware of it at the time, Kim Levy’s destiny began in Ottawa, on her Grandmother’s farm, where she was born and raised.
Kim had an innate curiosity about animals and their behaviour. Some things can be tamed; a child’s curiosity cannot. Kim recalls that no sooner could she walk than she was on the back of a horse. She continues to hone her skills with horses.
Kim is a Classical Dressage Horse Trainer, Animal Behaviourist, and creator of Dancing with Horses by the Sea, a powerful therapeutic program that helps people through the orchestrated combination of horse riding and music.
This therapy was designed for all ages: children as young as 6; teens struggling with the stresses of modern adolescence; adults trying to find their way, and the elderly who may have lost their zest for life. For children who have been bullied, the program can help restore their confidence that has been stripped away. For everyone, the program is designed to help access their own power and essence.
Kim was first introduced to riding lessons at Dwyer Hill Horse Farm. She won the Ontario Equestrian Federation President’s Award in 2008. In 2010, after a process that took many years, Kim completed the Josh Lyons Accreditation Program, earning her buckle. Kim also plays polo, and had the distinct opportunity of training with Memo Gracida, a Mexican polo player, who has 16 US Open victories to his credit.
Kim’s passion for horsemanship led to the development of a horse ranch in Ontario. It was here, Kim says, that her destiny literally called her on the phone. An individual from the Lanark Therapeutic Riding Program, a program developed to safely allow children who are physically or mentally handicapped to experience the healing power of riding a horse, called Kim and asked if the program could continue in an arena on her ranch.
In her heart, Kim was committed, but she wanted to ask her husband if he would agree to the program being held at their arena. Still emotional over that pivotal moment, Kim recalls her husband’s reply, “Of course,” he said, “you’re not going to charge them are you,” he asked?
Kim would go to the arena and watch the young riders, with a volunteer at the reins and two others flanked at the horse’s side to ensure the child’s safety. Horse training aims for perfection. To Kim Levy, watching this program unfold was perfection.
The second year the program ran, she got a call from an organization committed to drug rehabilitation, who wanted to use her arena for one week. Her first thought was No, but she changed her mind and agreed to rent the arena. To her surprise the program was comprised of youth who were no longer on drugs and who were on a step by step program. The therapeutic riding was one of the last stages before the youth returned to the real world and to their families.
Being able to understand a horse’s personality based on its roughly 15 natural instincts requires a competence that comes with intense learning; learning that can only be spurred by an individual’s true passion for horsemanship. The capability to manipulate those behaviours to human advantage makes for an excellent horse trainer. During the programs at her arena, Kim used her aptitude to pair the right horse with the right youth for optimum riding therapy.
Kim and her husband made the decision to sell their farm in Ontario and look for a location to build their dream. After careful consideration, the couple purchased a 100 year old saltwater farm in Lockport, Nova Scotia. Where once there was pasture, the land was now scrubby and wild again.
The challenges, there were many. They had cedar logs trucked in from Ontario for the fences. They used native hemlock when they could because it has natural protection against rot. They even purchased a lumber mill to mill the pine for the horse barns. Despite the challenges, “We went for it,” Kim says.
At Dancing with Horses by the Sea, you’ll find Kim, her husband David, and their incredible son Jacob, who Kim contends is her greatest achievement. At 10, Jacob, who is home schooled by Kim, is being considered for the University of PEI’s Summer Vet Camp.
Come witness for yourself the power of horse therapy at Dancing with the Horses by the Sea, where it is clear, some destinies are not chosen, they just are.Written by Joy Goodwin
Edited by Lucinda Atwood
While visiting the area this year you are going to be looking for things to do and let me tell you there is plenty here to see and have fun to make our beautiful provence your best stay any where .
Firstly let me tell you where to eat and see how beautiful our little town is.
Lockeport has 3 restaurants and they all are different but all are fun and the food is served with a local flair and personality that I can tell you from personal experience is not put on yes its real and I live here you get to leave but you may decide to stay after meeting our town and taste its cooking.
The next stop should absolutely be our place for your pictures with the horses and to watch a beautifully trained horse dance to music with a maritime beat.
Now if you are tired you can stay here at the ranch in our magnificent traditional coach house I am laughing as I say this as there is nothing that would resemble what a traditional life style would have been like because you want to enjoy your self and you are on vacation but you can feel and see for your self how the pioneers lived when they cleared the land and built these homes.
This is a fully top to bottom done over 1700 magnificent property that is usually only available with prior bookings due to its high demand It is private over looking the channel set back on its rolling lawns with a secret forest.
After your dance with a horse excursion and a good nights sleep you will want to go check out our town and have a walkabout Firstly go see Mike Cotters Lobster Factory I hope he is going to do tours this year it is amazing and will take about a hour and then you should make your way over to Tides of Time Gift Shop and see what the local artisans have made and get a book by our own writer Kathleen Tudor.
But one of the wonders of this area is a place called West Head on the way you will pass a house that is owned by some famous person they built it high and the kitchen is supposed to be on the top floor so they can watch the birds and it is windy and open and you can see as far as the eye can see there is sea birds and owl birds and duck birds every kind its just beautiful a treasure.
There is a pond thing beside the causeway and some thing lives in it so don't get to close, I saw it cross to the sea one day when I was up there and it was long and slow and big I actually felt it before I saw it and was leaving anyways because I felt scared. When I got to the road again I looked back and that when I saw it.
You will be getting hungry by now so come on back to the ranch and your picnic on the beach awaits you, carried by our beautiful burro Bucky that will walk with patently while you photograph the birds and seals that bask just off the shore the path will take you to the head of the island and have a lunch at a fish house set up with local decor and a very pretty apple orchard for more photo shoots .
Some more about us
Cost $100.00 plus tax for dancing with horses based on a 1 hour booking . See Contact form.
We are situated on Nova Scotia's South Shore known for it healing abilities
and its amazing Crystal Leylines running straight through the South Shore known and sought by healers and musicians even Tibetan monks for centuries.
How we treat animals is a reflection of our humanity.
Allowing animals to help us regain our humanity is a gift from them to us,
that will last a life time.
We will show you the fine balance between life and nature. How to live in a ever
changing world that has little time to reflect on its beauty.
You feel the connection of the universe and its healing powers of horses.
The funny fellow behind me in this photo, is world Famous horseman Josh Lyons our friend and great supporter
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