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. Kidding Around got to spend some time at Eden Farms and our Contributor Melanie is sharing some of the wonderful experiences they have available!
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 horse back 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 18 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 their therapeutic riding program called Happy Hooves.
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. 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.
Things to Do at Eden Farms
Children can enjoy a summer camp program during the week that includes not just riding lessons, but lessons in grooming, saddling, safety and more.
Looking for a place to have 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.
If you already own a horse and you don’t get to ride as often as you’d like, consider their free lease program. 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.
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 make for a perfect place to ride and forget your worries.
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.
4700 Dacusville Hwy,
Marietta SC 29661