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to Walkabout Farm Therapeutic Riding Association Inc, located just off
of Highway 35 at 1105 Spring Valley Road in Minden Hills, Ontario. We
the heart of the Haliburton Highlands, conveniently located close to
downtown Minden. Visits are by appointment only. Please bear with us
while we build a barn!
Walkabout Farm is pleased to offer therapeutic riding, youth outreach and horsemanship programs for children and adults with unique considerations, mental health concerns and those who are abled differently. Achieving confidence, positive leadership qualities, enriched physical and mental health, all by way of an individualized riding program, volunteerism or work placement. One advantage of using horses as emotional support animals, is the participants bond they establish with their equine partner, creating an environment of respect, teamwork and trust. These key elements horses teach us become tools we can use for circumnavigating social situations and demonstrating positive peer interactions.
What's next for Walkabout Farm? One of our future goals is to build capacity to offer more employment opportunities to the uniquely abled members of our community. Our fully inclusive business model strives to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by offering traditional farm work and equine management experience. Teaching life skills, modeling appropriate work place relationships and strengthening positive social interactions, all the while benefiting from connections made with emotional support animals, makes for an educational and emotionally fulfilling experience with long lasting benefits. We also plan to offer private horse boarding in the near future.
A big thank you to J. Austin & Sons Ltd. and also Home Hardware Minden for their lumber donations, and the Rotary Club of Haliburton for their $500 donation to our Youth Outreach Programs March Break Leadership camp. We'd also like to thank the Aston Family Foundation for our new comfort station!
Construction on a barn and shelter for the horses is underway and we would like to thank Aimee and Curtis Baine for the donation of large timbers for the horses run in shelter.
Our hiking trails opened in September and are perfect for hiking with horses, snowshoeing and exploring the flora and fauna that make our Haliburton Highlands so diverse and special.
Our picturesque farm has extraordinary views and is available for professional photo shoots. A perfect venue for family portraits, wedding photographs, engagement announcements, etc. by donation to our Youth Outreach Program.
"Equine therapeutic support promoting the physical, neurological and emotional well-being of all by way of human / animal interactions"
- Jennifer Semach, owner and operator