Toddler and Family Program

A program for parents with their young children. It’s about way more than horses – it’s a place for kids to develop important life skills.


 Why?

Did you know that involving children with horses can improve their learning, memory, cognitive abilities, and life skills?

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What is the program?

Parent(s) can come with their children and enjoy a session of learning with horses – getting to touch, observe, listen, and do different games and tasks with horses.

Children experience the fun and excitement of working with horses, but they also practice many skills to help with confidence, leadership, language, and team work.

The sessions are geared towards toddlers (pre kindergarten), and are open for families to attend (with kids of different ages). Children participate at their own level (with assistance from their parent(s) as needed).

There is no minimum or maximum age to attend, however all children need to be supervised by parent(s) at all times to help ensure safety.

Some of the activities include:

  • grooming horses
  • leading horses
  • learning about horses (colours, breeds, etc)
  • learning about horse care (how they live, how to feed them, etc)
  • riding (during the horse friends group the toddlers do not get on the horses until several sessions into the program)

The program is structured so kids are learning and having fun with different games and interactions with horses.

The program includes some outdoor and indoor activities, and during cold days there is a heated education room to play games in or learn, while taking a break to warm up.

  • Sessions are 1hr long and divided into two groups. 
  • 10am: Horse Friends group – is for young tots (pre kindergarten/kindergarten) to learn about horses and get comfortable around them. Over the sessions the young tots get comfortable leading, grooming, and eventually sitting on the horse. 
  • 11am: Introduction to riding group – is for young tots that have taken part in the horse friends group. In this group the tots spend more hands on time with the horses learn the basics of riding. Parents assist by leading/spotting their child while on the horse. 
  • Registration is for one family (up to two adults and 3 children – if in the riding group the kids will be taking turns on the same horse during the hour)
  • Maximum of 4 families per session. 

“My daughter just had the best experience at toddler classes.  For the last 6 weeks she has talked about Alicia and Louie (one cannot forget the cat), Angel and Dreamer.
My 2 1/2 year old has been telling everyone she meets about the horses she feeds, and grooms and pets and walks.
She has learned what a halter is and explains it to people, she knows Angel is “peanut” colour (ok, so peanut and chestnut are close, right.) She remembers that Dreamer is a palomino.
Alicia was an amazing teacher, very patient and very good at explaining and helping.  She was able to teach her so much in a short amount of time.
She had the time of her life.  I would recommend the class to anyone with a toddler interested in horses.” Jennifer Avery

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When?

The program runs on Thursdays at 10 or 11am and lasts about an hour but on some days may go longer depending on the activity. The activities will vary season to to season, so families can sign up for more than one season and continue to learn and enjoy horses.

Registration is for 3 months:

  • Spring: March – May
  • Summer: June – August, Registration now open
    • 10 sessions, weekly on Thursdays: June 21, 28 July 5, 12, 19, (no session on 26th) August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    • Sessions are 1hr long and divided into two groups. 
    • 10am: Horse Friends group – is for young tots (pre kindergarten/kindergarten) to learn about horses and get comfortable around them. Over the sessions the young tots get comfortable leading, grooming, and eventually sitting on the horse. 
    • 11am: Introduction to riding group – is for young tots that have taken part in the horse friends group. In this group the tots spend more hands on time with the horses learn the basics of riding. Parents assist by leading/spotting their child while on the horse. 
  • Fall: September – November

How much?

$180+HST (for 10 sessions) for horse friends and introduction to riding is $240+HST.

Pricing is based per family/group  (up to 3 children and 2 adults)

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Who is teaching?

The program is run by Aleisha- mother, Veterianrian Techncian, and horse owner of many years teaches our program with a positive, friendly, and supportive attitude. Occasionally there may be a subsitute instructor if Aleisha is away. Learn more about Our Staff click here.


Want to come visit us?

Want to come see the farm, meet some horses, and staff before you sign up? Come drop in to our free Open House Events, click here for more details.