One of my goals for the next year is to spend more time doing things that make me happy. For me, that means spending less time mindlessly rewatching Riverdale on Netflix and more time having amazing experiences.
At Abbey Gardens, you can help train ponies with absolutely no experience. This animal encounter is perfect for those of us who live in the city and don't get a chance to hang out with gentle and loving creatures like ponies! This is exactly the kind of experience that I want more of in 2019!
This hands-on experience lets you get up close and personal with the ponies during one of their training sessions. Working with your host and other pony-loving volunteers, you will catch, groom and prepare the ponies for their class and lead them through their training session.
These training sessions help prepare the ponies for their work in the Abbey Gardens Pony Powered Learning Experience or APPLE. The APPLE programs help people grow through personal and career development training. You're basically helping the ponies to help others, and if that isn't adorable, then I don't know what is.
You'll have fun while learning the basics of pony training plus a crash course in equine psychology and behaviour. You'll come away with a better understanding of ponies and animals in general and feel more confident around them!
Abbey Gardens is located in Haliburton, Ontario about a 3-hour drive from Toronto. More than just pony stables, it's a centre for sustainable living! There are gardens, picnic areas and trails to explore as well as a market for local food. This experience is less intimidating and more affordable than going horseback riding, but it still gets you out of the city and hanging out with animals!
You can book your pony training on Airbnb right now for only $25 per person. Availability for this special experience is pretty limited, so don't wait too long to make a new pony friend. Make sure to dress appropriately for the terrain and weather, since you'll be expected to be an active participant in the training session!
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