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Pony Pals

Our Pony Pals horse visit program was created to share the benefits of interacting with our therapy ponies for those who are unable to visit the farm. Pony Pals visits support assisted living facilities, nursing homes, grief and therapy centers, rehabilitation centers, memory care facilities, and more. 

"There was pure joy on the faces of our residents as they interacted with the ponies. Clyde and May's visit was much anticipated, and the residents talked about it for weeks afterward."

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"I cannot tell you how much this visit meant to our senior community. It was truly uplifting.  I haven't found the words yet to describe how much joy came with Clyde & May, but you can certainly see it in all the smiles."

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About Pony Pals Visits

Visits are scheduled for up to one hour for a flat rate of $250.  Location must be within 20 miles of Southern Reins' facility.  

Visit Guidelines

  • Pony Pals visits must be in groups of up to 25 people. Multiple groups may participate during one site visit, but groups may not be more than 25 people at a time.

  • All participants must be seated until directed by Southern Reins staff. No one should approach the ponies without permission. Staff will bring the ponies to you or direct you on how to approach the ponies.

  • Closed-toe shoes are required to approach and pet the ponies. (There is an exception for individuals that are confined to a bed or wheelchair where their feet are not on the ground. These individuals should only be approached by the ponies guided by Southern Reins staff.)

  • The ponies cannot navigate stairs or elevators so a ramp or ground-level access to the area of the visit is required.

  • No dogs are allowed in the room or area when the ponies are visiting. Even small and well-behaved dogs can be a source of fear to horses.

For more information, contact Sara Zurenko, Program Director, at Sara.Zurenko@southernreins.org

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Pony Pals Equine Team

Meet Clyde and May, Southern Reins' pony pals.
 
They are United Kingdom Shetland ponies who joined our program in 2020 from our friends at Personal Ponies.  

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