What you'll do
The experience and activities with Happy Hooves on the farm will vary depending on the time of day. Early morning sessions, guests can be a part of the routine morning chores. Everything from mucking, feeding their morning supplements (first breakfast we call it!), providing fresh water, applying fly treatment around eyes and nose (their "make-up!), and giving them their hay for the day (second breakfast). As time permits, we can also work in grooming. Afternoon appointments will have an opportunity for additional training exercises, grooming, and as time permits, evening chores including mucking, and feeding. Each guest MUST wear close toed shoes (tennis shoes or boots would work just fine), and we will begin the session with safety reminders, understanding the animals, and all visitors are required to sign a liability waiver (and an adult must sign for children under 18).
I am the founder and chair of the non-profit "Happy Hooves". We are an organization that provides horse and donkey therapy to those in need. From Alzheimer's and dementia, to stroke patients, to children with autism and special needs, as well as those suffering depression. Having grown up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, (relocating to Arizona in 1999)I have always had a passion for animals. I have shown many cattle throughout my young life and have a passion to give back to the community. This organization allows me to do just that. Most all of our animals are rescued, and the most recent has come from a kill pen from Texas. Sharing this experience with others, teaching them the gift of healing from horses and donkeys, is truly something I love doing.
About the organization
The mission statement of HAPPY HOOVES is to provide animal assisted therapy and activities to those in need. We have provided therapy and activities for elderly at memory care centers (Alzheimer's and dementia), stroke patients, children with autism, and individuals suffering from depression.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Happy Hooves.
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Where you'll be
You will be visiting P&M Farm here in North Central Phoenix, located conveniently off SR-51 and Greenway.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 10 guests ages 3 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Please be sure to dress appropriately. You are visiting an urban farm. No high heeled shoes. Wear close toed shoes, and clothing that you don't mind getting a little dirty. Feel free to bring your own water bottle, coffee mug, etc.
Mini Horse & Donkey Care on the Farm