Equine Haven

Recovery Care and Equestrian Centre Ltd



Beyond Your Dreams. Within Your Reach...

Our Location

     Equine Haven Ltd is located on 47 acres in Wheatland County, next to a beautiful coulee that feeds into the Bow River Valley.  With large paddocks for private and semi-private turnout, and big fields for group turnout your equine will love the amount of space they have to roam and graze during the summer months.  The property is sheltered from the winds while still maintaining the incredible views of the mountains and far reaching prairies.  All of this is located just 25 minutes East of South Calgary!

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Our Philosophy

     At Equine Haven, we believe that every horse, regardless of value, deserves the highest level of care while allowing them to still be a horse. Daily turnout that enables safe interaction with other horses ensures both physical and social enrichment, which greatly contributes to all aspects of their health. Our feed program is designed with consideration to age, level of physical development, nutritional, and athletic needs.  Small, frequent feeds of hay four times daily, and grain twice a day allows their digestive system to work as it was designed to.

     We believe in communicating with our equine partners and handling them with the respect they deserve. This is accomplished by treating them as individuals, and taking time to learn about their unique personalities and needs.  Each horse is loved and cared for as if they were our own.

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Our Facilities

Meet Our Team

We Work Best When We Work Together

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Sadie Turko

Owner, Recovery Care/Barn Manager,

Coach: Hunter/Jumper, Dressage, Mountain Trail, and Western (pleasure & dressage)

     Sadie believes in not just teaching a person to ride, but helping the rider and horse develop a relationship based on mutual trust and understanding. In the past her students have excelled in hunter, jumper and equitation classes at the Brandon Winter Fair, Heart of the Continent, Florida Winter Circuit, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping, and Spruce Meadows.

Sadie's foray into Equine Recovery Care began with helping her grandmother heal rescued horses in the 1960s. Together they rescued, recovered, and re-homed over 50 horses. Over the last 35 years she has worked with veterinarians from Manitoba, Ontario, Florida, Alberta and BC to treat and heal injured and sick horses. In the veterinary communities where she has lived, Sadie has earned a reputation for being able to bring positive outcomes to seemingly hopeless cases. Many horses that would otherwise be prime candidates for euthanasia have been brought back to full health through her care.

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Heidi Pratt

Owner, Business Manager,

     Heidi Pratt has been working with, and riding horses for the past 25 years.  She has successfully shown hunters under the tutelage of Sadie Turko, and has multiple championships to her name.  Unfortunately, in late 2019, she was struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, effectively ending her riding career.  She uses her 13 years of experience working oil and gas to manage the business end of Equine Haven; as well as, helping manage the property, and assist with the recovery horses.

     Recovery care became a part of Heidi's lifelong passion for horses when her personal horse Temeraire received a potentially career-ending injury as a 2-year old.  During a severe windstorm, he was struck by a large piece of sheet metal debris that lacerated his left knee to the bone and nicked an artery.  The vet was unable to come out due to the severity of the storm but her quick thinking and knowledge of equine first aid allowed her to stop the bleeding and save Temeraire's life.  She has since worked to heal and rehabilitate other equine cases, the most serious belonging to a very close friend.  

Kip Jones, Grand Prix, Hunter, Jumper, Trainer, Coach, High-level

Kip Jones

Trainer: Hunter/Jumper

Haul-In Workshops Available

     Are you looking to take your riding to the next level? As a former Grand Prix rider Kip is just the person to help you achieve your riding goals!

     Born in Toronto, raised in Quebec, horses were a passion early in life for Kip. Throughout his career Kip has competed in the Open 4’0” hunters through the ranks to the Grand Prix’s. He has been very successful with problem horses; bringing them along and re-training them to achieve results in the show ring. Always an avid horseman, Kip became a coach and ground man for many equestrians for the Ottawa Valley in the 1970’s and 80’s. Over the years Kip has qualified many students for the Royal Winter Fair.

     In the mid 80s he moved West and acquired the Dutch stallion Wodan, one of the many highlights of his showing career in the 1990’s. Kip also has a successful breeding program, raising and training Wodan’s descendants.

Kip’s workshops focus on a particular problem or area that the rider wants to spend time on. Every session is different, as it as is tailored to what each horse and rider need to work at that particular time.

     When in a regular training program with Kip fixing most problems goes back to flatwork and basic jumping exercises, which he incorporates into each session; as well as position, as that is a huge cause of problems in how a horse behaves. He breaks things down to the basics so the horse and rider can understand what is being asked.

     At home, he is a flat fanatic actually doing far less jumping than most hunter/jumper trainers. He believes in working on a personal best approach for both horse and rider. 

Jodie Jackson

Assistant Barn Manager, Trainer

Coach: Beginner English & Western

Bio Coming Soon!

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Daniel Pratt

Owner, Facility Manager

Recovery Care Assistant

     Daniel Pratt is a Journeyman Electrician with over twenty years experience in the construction industry.  In addition to electrical,  he is an overall handyman with skills in everything from plumbing to mechanics. His true building passion however, lies in woodworking. So, in addition to keeping our facilities maintained and in good repair, he is primarily responsible for our jump construction business.

    Daniel has always had an affinity for horses, but his true experience with the equine industry started when he married his wife, Heidi Pratt.  In an effort to support his wife, he has learned how to work with, train horses on the ground, and ride.  He enjoys riding in parades, and trail riding, and has recently developed an interest in learning dressage which he plans cultivate into the future.

     Though he has always held and intense fascination with all medical science, Daniel's passion for Equine Recovery Care developed as he observed and assisted his wife with the horses that she has attended.

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Danielle Ralston

In House Massage Therapist

     Danielle Ralston is a certified Equine Massage Therapist, and the owner of Dreamer's Touch Equine Massage Therapy.  Danielle graduated from The School of Equine Massage and Rehabilitation Therapies at the top of her class in 2019 and has a passion for healing our beloved equine partners.  While administering massage, she practices natural horsemanship; using the request, response, and release approach. This allows the horse to guide her to the areas that require attention.  

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Paul Toman

In House Farrier

     Originally from Hayle, England, Paul attended The Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in California, and now practices his craft in the Calgary area.  He has a wide range of clients, he might be working on miniature donkeys and 18+hh Hanoverian showjumpers one day, and zebras and Przwalski's Horses the next.  No job is too big, too small, or too exotic for Paul.  Beyond trims and shoes, he also has extensive experience treating all manner of foot injuries and rehabilitative care.

     Paul's unique talent for working with "difficult" horses is well known among his clients and comes through exceptional patience and a striving to make any farrier interactions a positive experience for the horse rather that just powering through.  He believes that regardless of where a horse comes from, be it pasture retiree, Police mount, or Calgary Polo pony, every animal deserves the time and care required to get its feet just right.

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Richard Tu​rk​o

Owner, Finance Manager

     Rick Turko is an accountant with four years of CGA training who has worked for 36 years in the financial sector.  He was also the bookkeeper, maintenance manager, and part time stable hand at the last facility that Sadie managed.  His experience and contribution to operating Equine Haven is invaluable.