Our pony club provides opportunities for outdoor education experiences for school groups focusing especially in horse care and welfare. We also welcome special-needs children schools to visit the farm and the animals for animal-therapy. The content of the day camps can be tailored as per the specific needs and wishes of the group.
We provide riding lessons in the riding arena for children (beginners) as individual lessons or for small groups (3-4 children). Lessons follow a system of stages and after completing a stage there will be a certificate give. We also provide pony handling lessons (‘training in hand’, no riding) to understand more about behaviour and how horses learn.
The outdoor education day camps, pony shows as well as riding lessons, raise funds for the care and maintenance of the rescued ponies living at the Hill View Farm Animal Refuge. They also help to support the pony club activities for the children from the local tribal community.
Regular handling of horses and ponies is needed also in animal refuges and sanctuaries where horses have come to retire or where they have been rescued from their past abuse. Without regular handling, routine procedures that are essential for the health and well-being of the animals, can become stressful and unsafe for both the people and the animal involved. At Hill View Farm Animal Refuge we also have been rearing many orphan ponies and some of our older rescued mares have come to us pregnant and so we often have young ponies in our care. These ponies need the chance to learn useful skills so that their life with humans can be free of fear and distress and that they could also potentially be rehomed into good homes eventually. Together with kandooequine, we have produced some videos that demonstrate some basic methods that we use in handling and training our rescued and/or young ponies. Under our Hill View Farm Pony Club program we also provide handling training sessions for people interested in learning these skills.
In 2019 we were extremely lucky to have Australian horse trainer and behaviourist, Kate Fenner from Kandooequine visiting us and helping with our rescued pony handling and training and also training our Silver Shoe Pony Club members in how to train young ponies. You can read about her time with us from her blog here.
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