Taking the Reins Program (ages 11-14): August 11-14 – Please call or email before registering.

Suitable for youth ages 11-14 years. 12:00am-4:00pm daily. Cost: $65.00 per child per day.  Each program has a maximum of 6 youth.  Due to the very limited program capacity a 4 day program commitment is required.


What do you get when you combine horses, young people and leadership skills training? Taking the Reins!  This program will foster confidence and leadership skills in a safe outdoor environment.  Each day includes an introduction to the art and science of horsemanship, hands-on in all aspects of the care, management and training of our ponies: learning to properly catch, groom and handle our rare breed ambassadors. Fun horse focussed activities will be interspersed with Equine Assisted Learning sessions. Using our powerful teachers, Sammy, Maple and Flapjack, participants will develop confidence, self-awareness about their behaviour, and alternative skills to help them overcome challenges and cope with the social pressures they face today. Taking the Reins! challenges individuals to discover themselves and be inspired to reach their full potential as they confidently grow into young leaders.

This program will be limited to 6 youth, two per pony to ensure and maintain safe physical distancing as well as provide plenty of one on one attention.

Please note that all our horsemanship is based on ground training techniques and care, there is no riding.

If you would like more information please email Irene Heaven at irene@abbeygardens.ca or call (705)754-4769.