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Important Information

  • Does it cost anything to visit the farm?
    Yes, we accept donations. Please see what we offer page. Thank you.
  • What practices are in place on the farm to protect the environment?
    We do not use any chemicals or fertilizers at the farm. We also practice some rotational grazing and want to do more. We are working with the county and Virginia on a plan for sustainable practices that enhace the local environment. One plan is to limit stream crossings for horses and plant native plants to enhance the riparian corridor. We also re-use as much as we can using fallen trees in the garden to build up the soil over time and using composted horse, chicken and goat manure to enrich the soil and local trees and shrubs. We are learning about permaculture and how that can benefit the local environment. The farm is a thriving ecosytem with frogs, opossum, racoons, hawks, snakes and many other wild and beautiful creatures.
  • What services does the farm offer for special needs children and adults?
    Health, Happiness, and Hooves Farms was started to improve people’s lives through nature and animals. We are personally grateful for how nature and animals have enriched our lives, and want to spread our gratitude by sharing these gifts with the community. Based on our passion for nature and fun, as well as abundant research suggesting a wide range of social, emotional, and cognitive benefits of animal and nature interactions, we formed our vision: To improve the lives of children and adults with temporary or long-term social, emotional, and cognitive special needs. Nature and animals heal, soothe, restore, and connect. Our favorite documented benefits include lowered blood pressure, heightened mental and physical relaxation, improved mood, and enhanced capacity to form positive relationships with others. In fact, we think it’s really cool that scientists have hypothesized that seeing animals in a peaceful state brings us a signal of safety and security, which can trigger a state of personal change and healing! Donations are used to enhance this vision and provide these services to individuals in need.
  • What should I wear for horseback riding lessons?
    For horseback riding lessons, long pants and horse riding boots are advised. you can also wear sneakers. We provide helmets or you can bring your own.
  • What safety precautions is the farm taking to help stop the spread of COVID-19?
    We take the safety of our animals, staff, and guests seriously. We ask guests to maintain a six-foot distance from staff members. Hand sanitizer and face masks are readily available.
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