Eden Farms Has So Many Horse Experiences to Offer in the Upstate

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Looking for a horseback trail ride, or maybe a pony themed birthday party? Eden Farms offers so many fantastic ways to experience horses and all of it benefits their fantastic Happy Hooves therapeutic riding program. We got to spend some time at Eden Farms and couldn’t resist sharing some of the wonderful experiences they have available!

Kids riding horses at Eden Farms in Pickens, SC

I think it would be fair to say that most of us wanted a pony growing up. It seems to be the gift that never goes out of fashion. Unfortunately for us and most families, owning a pony or a horse is just not in the cards. That’s why Eden Farms is so wonderful.

You can foster a love of horseback riding, without having to worry if the HOA is going to send lawyers to your door. Set back in the countryside of the Upstate is a farm that was created 22 years ago, with the intention of providing the love of a horse to people who might otherwise not be afforded the opportunity. Everything this not-for-profit farm does is with the intention of sustaining its therapeutic riding program called Happy Hooves.

Child riding a horse at Eden Farms.

Happy Hooves at Eden Farms

If you’ve never witnessed the bond between a special needs or at-risk youth and a therapy animal, I’m here to tell you, it’s amazing.

For children who feel like nothing is good in their lives, these majestic creatures offer an escape. The unconditional love and trust that was earned by the rider, gives these kids a feeling that can’t be compared. Happy Hooves is proud to be the only accredited therapeutic riding program in the Upstate.

The work done at Eden Farms hasn’t gone unnoticed by the community. Several organizations have made the farm a favorite place to support, including the “All In” foundation that Dabo Swinney and his wife head. Donations help provide scholarships for children who would benefit from the program but can’t afford it.

One family is helping keep the memory of their daughter alive by sponsoring equine therapy programs through a non-profit called Helen’s Hugs. Also, an accessible playground, called Tonka’s Trail, was made possible through the generosity of Helen’s Hugs and Leadership Greenville. Named for the horse Tonka, that Helen loved and who has given thousands of hours of therapy to riders at Eden Farms. The farm is also a great place for anyone to just get some “therapeutic” time with nature.

Brushing a horse at Eden Farms

Things to Do at Eden Farms

Eden Farms has something for every horse lover to enjoy. This family-owned and operated barn will make you feel at home while you are enjoying camp, a birthday party, riding lessons, or even enjoying the day with your homeschooled kids.

Summer Camp

Children can enjoy a summer camp program during the week that includes not just riding lessons, but lessons in grooming, saddling, safety, and more.

Birthday Parties

Looking for a place to have a birthday party? Eden Farms is ready to host a memorable party for your family! Party guests will enjoy an hour-long riding session with two specially decorated ponies, as well as time on the huge playground next to the riding area. They also have an indoor party room available.


The farm is also a great place to consider if your family is looking for a way to give back. Volunteer positions are always available, and a great way for teens and scouts to earn community service hours.

Homeschool at the Barn

If you homeschool your children, Eden Farms offers a great homeschool program to allow your kids to have a hands-on experience with their horses. Kids can ride horses, do crafts, help with grooming and saddling, and more.

Riding Lessons

If traditional lessons or just a trail riding adventure are something you are interested in, they’ve got that too. Hour-long guided horseback rides are available for beginner through advanced riders. The backdrop of the foothills that surround the farm makes for a perfect place to ride and forget your worries.

Horse Boarding through Happy Hooves

If you already own a horse and you don’t get to ride as often as you’d like, consider their free lease program through their horse boarding. Horses that qualify for therapeutic riding qualify for free boarding in exchange for use in the program. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Eden Farms and encourage you to head out west to find some of your own city slicker type fun, no matter your skill level or ability.

Christmas at the Barn at Eden Farms
Christmas at the Barn

Christmas at the Barn at Eden Farms

For one day every December, Eden Farms opens the barn for a Christmas at the Barn experience that your entire family will enjoy. There are several tables of crafts, visits with Santa, a live nativity with a Donkey, a bake sale, and more.

Your kids can even ride the reindeer, I mean horses, throughout the arena with staff members to guide them. Parents will be required to sign a waiver before their child can ride. They also have ponies available for younger children.

The event is adorable and makes for wonderful memories. You can take a walk through the stables before a meet and greet with some of the horses. All proceeds from the event support the Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center, and tickets are required for the event. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance because the event is pretty popular.

Eden Farms
4700 Dacusville Highway
Marietta SC 29661     

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About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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