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Cristina Rennie Her curiosity for animals was paralleled by her curiosity for people. With more than 25 years experience and education, Cristina Rennie decided to open the barn doors of Shamrock, a place where humans can come to be healed through the use of horses.

Shamrock Counselling Cristina Rennie, founder of Shamrock Counselling, has found a way to bring her love of horses and humans together.

“I work a lot with the effects of trauma, which comes from ruptures in connection,” explains Rennie. “As the synergy between horse and human become stronger, we use this to build new experiences that often times have not been given space to grow.”

“I was one of those typical stories where a young girl falls in love with horses at first sight,” says Rennie, who grew up on a farm in Matsqui prairie. “Both sides of my family were farmers, so animals and the ethics of farm work were always a part of my life.” Rennie considers her first pony a “harsh teacher,” but explains that although it bit her, kicked her and bucked her off, she never gave up on their relationship.

Rennie uses the horses to form a bond of trust, allowing people to release themselves from the stranglehold of trauma. “The horses are willing to engage with us without force, and they can provide a physical closeness that is powerful,” remarks Rennie. “They say things to people without talking.”

From competing all over the world for equine sports, to a Masters in counselling psychology, it all comes back to the lessons learned from a young girl’s first pony.

The goals of Shamrock Counselling are described by Rennie as “big but doable, as the first foundational goal is to continue to work collaboratively with great organizations.”

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