Our PETTING FARM is now OPEN TO THE PUBLIC in Plantation Acres!!!
Our Programs - As an alternative to traditional therapy, HAPPI Farm's programs offer animal education and animal participation to individuals, families and groups.
The Animal Activities include a farm tour and feeding, holding and petting a large variety of farm animals. Participants are encouraged to practice kindness, compassion, and communication with their new animal friends. Animals are not judgmental and are more accepting than humans so HAPPI Farm’s participants, who have social or developmental issues, feel less threatened. Research studies show animal-assisted activities help to develop memorization, concentration, behavior and cognitive skills. We now have bunnies, goats, chickens, ducks, a pig, tortoises and guinea pigs. We hope to have a lamb, a llama, a cow and a donkey by June.
Therapeutic Riding and Riding Lessons
Therapeutic Riding and Riding Lessons are supervised and demonstrated by professional riding instructors and are assisted by a horse handler and side walkers. Lessons are oriented to accommodate and assist students with special needs. Participants learn safe equestrian skills and good horsemanship. Equine Therapy, particularly, improves muscular strength, motor coordination, flexibility, posture, balance, and endurance, as well as confidence and independence skills.
Equestrian Activities and Animal Care
These hands-on activities can, but do not necessarily coincide with horseback riding. Activities are offered to those who want to develop a relationship with horses and other animals and to learn safe equestrian skills. Activities include, but are not limited to, how to care and feed horses, groom (brush, wash and pick hoofs), saddle, tack and lead a horse. The Equestrian Activities and animal care are often used to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.