Nov 05 2010
Our Lesson Programmes. Our forte is our programme for the ‘little ones’, the small child who doesn’t qualify for lessons with other stables as they are too small. We will work with children as young as 4 to develop skills, familiarity, confidence, balance and personal development.
We go on from there right up to adult with programmes aimed at the novice and following through their development.
We provide group classes, semi-private and private classes to suit your needs. There are also amply opportunities to participate in the show ring. References are available.
Cost is $40 per half hour lesson though that doesn’t include the grooming and tack up prior to the lesson nor the follow-up grooming, playing with and release of the pony following the lesson so you need to plan on at least an hour.
Birthday Parties-Our Specialty. Every birthday child’s secret dream. Ponies can work in almost any size yard – even as small as a two car garage. Alternatively, a cul de sac, dead end street, field, park, schoolyard, boulevard etc. can be utilized. One pony is $185. for an hour, use two for $225 an hour. We had maintained our prices since 2007 until this spring. After 7 years we’ve had to bow to economic pressure and raise our prices slightly. Hopefully it will be another 7 years before we need to adjust them again.
Company picnics, block parties, grand openings. Turn any event into an unforgettable occasion. Pony rides are a fabulous attraction, bringing in people who might otherwise not attend your event but for that their child gets to ride a pony.
Fairs, parades, pony rides, wagon rides. What is a parade without ponies? Providing pony rides at agriculture fairs is a tradition of generations but there is so much more. Pow-wows, street parties, political B-B-Q’s, family reunions are all ideal events for pony rides and even wagon rides if your facility allows. Additionally, we have for sale a photo of each child produced with our digital equipment. Having your child’s picture taken on a pony is a time-honoured tradition.
Services. Most parties are well served by one hour with the pony. This fits into any party schedule, even the short 2-hour parties. Additional time is of course available when necessary and for multi-hour events. In some cases an additional charge may apply for mileage. Please be assured that we clean up after all parties; nothing remains but the joy of the occasion.
Party Rain Policy. We try to fulfill your date if possible. It’s hard to tell your child their party is cancelled due to weather; however, if you postpone or cancel your party for weather or any other reason we will try to find you another date. This can sometimes result in a small charge.
Safety. We can supply safety helmets!
Included in our service, we provide a minimal lecture on how to proceed near the ponies to ensure the safety of both the children and the ponies. This includes items such as not walking behind a pony unless he knows you are there, the correct way to offer a treat, etc. We recommend that soap and water be available after their ride.
We always walk next to the mounted child – not out in front dragging the pony – and have an arm ready if necessary. Charlie and his boys are family members, routinely vet-checked and vaccinated and we take pride in providing safe, healthy and affectionate ponies.
Portraits. Creating memories for a lifetime. Sitting fee is $25.00 at our farm. Add mileage costs and possible time charges for location of your choice. All pictures are produced with our quality digital equipment and printed on photo quality paper. Each page of prints is $20.00 with simple editing done at no extra charge.
Educational. We are available for lectures, educational groups and school programmes. Many Special Needs groups use our small four-footed friends to help members find acceptance and build confidence by interaction with our ponies.
Additionally, many families find that their children benefit from contact with the animals and that a pony party for any occasion – or even no occasion at all – is a great way for everyone to grow and learn of gentleness and patience. This can take place in various settings such as private homes, Group Homes, schools or our barn. Lessons are offered for those interested in developing more advanced riding skills. We also invite inquiries about our charitable operations.
Training. Have a pony needing lessons? Charlie says, “speak to my mom (Barb) about programmes for your pony”.
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