Horseshoe Park Pony Rides offers a variety of interactive programs suitable for schools, individuals with special needs, aged care residents, disability service users, and individuals with social and emotional difficulties. From education to rehabilitation, each program is tailored to your specific needs.

Our school program can be adapted to your school's educational model and can be customised to be in line with current themes or lessons. Through the use of real life demonstrations with our ponies and an interactive hands on approach, our school program is not only informative, but is engaging, fun, and entertaining for both students and teachers!

We also offer programs that focus on building skills and providing positive experiences through the use of equine facilitated activities. We work with children and adults who have a variety of special needs relating to Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, stroke recovery, learning and intellectual disabilities, and social and emotional difficulties.

Equine facilitated activities have a wealth of benefits ranging from developing physical abilities like balance and muscle control, improving cognitive abilities like concentration and short-term memory, building on social interaction skills and behaviour management, and enhancing confidence, self-esteem, and positive wellbeing.

We cater for individuals and groups and offer single and ongoing sessions.

Horse Educational program for schools

Pony Pals - Schools

An educational program that promotes learning about horses and ponies, horse safety, grooming, nutrition, and responsible pet ownership. The program is tailored to developmental level and is suitable for children ages 4 and up. Will travel to schools, child care centres, etc., or come for an excursion to Horseshoe Park!

Can be packaged with hand-led pony rides.

Information pamphlet available here.

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Equine programs for special needs

Pony Pals - Therapeutic Horsmanship

An interactive program that promotes the rehabilitation of individuals with physical, intellectual, social, and emotional difficulties through equine facilitated activities. Children and adults work closely with our ponies on the ground and learn such things as horse safety, grooming, care, handling, leading the pony, and basic riding skills. Each session is carefully planned to cater for individual needs and abilities.

Suitable for ages 4 and up. Single or ongoing sessions available.

Information pamphlet available here.

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Interactive programs with horses and ponies

Pony Pals - Connections

This program is a recreational activity only available at Horseshoe Park. Suitable for individuals who benefit from a one on one approach, Pony Pals - Connections focuses on strengthening relationship skills, improving interaction with others, building self esteem and confidence, providing respite and improving quality of life.

Suitable for ages 4 and up. Single or ongoing sessions available.

Meet the Ponies

friendly ponies
  • Demostrations for schools
  • Skills Development
  • Rehab, Recreation & Respite
  • Caring & Understanding Staff

Create Special Bonds

Equine therapy
  • Positive Interactive Experiences
  • Build Confidence & Self-Esteem
  • Goal-directed & Achievement-based
  • Personable Staff & Ponies

What Customers Say

A great place for young riders to start out. I took my girls here when they were 5 and 4 respectively, they had a wonderful time...
Kasey (Parent)

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Katy shows us techniques used to connect with her ponies, through a hands on approach. Witnessing these connections with individuals has been a true delight...
Lara (Support Worker, R.E.D Inc.)

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Katy's special touch brings forth lovely qualities from her ponies... I would recommend Pony Pals for any event to celebrate with those who need a more gentle experience...
Megan (Support Worker, R.E.D Inc.)

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Awesome place , my 2 girls 9 and 12 absolutely loved it . Excellent value for money, can't wait to come back next holiday...
Tracy (Parent)

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