Things to know before you visit the center.
This may come as a surprise but there are no special programs or funding for endangered livestock breeds like there are for endangered wildlife. Breeders get little support or credit. Our all-volunteer non-profit organization relies on donations to feed and care for the ponies. We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who are here for both the ponies and you, giving freely of their time, kindness, and knowledge. Your donation, no matter how small, allows us to keep going and our mission alive. The ponies and volunteers are very grateful for the public’s support. Thank you!
- This is a farm, with bugs, and dirt, and pony poop. Dress comfortable, wear appropriate footwear for walking around the grounds - no high heels, no open-toed shoes or flip-flops please.
- Like everywhere, there are ticks, horseflies, and mosquitos here, so bug repellant and/or dressing to protect yourself may be a good idea.
- Bringing drinks/water and/or snacks for yourself is fine, however do not bring treats for the ponies. They are on special diets to prevent serious illness such as laminitis and colic that can endanger their lives. We are happy to teach you about this, so be sure to ask us.
- The ponies are gentle and prefer when people are quiet and gentle too. This is their safe home, a place of peace and comfort for the ponies, and for all who visit. So please, no running, or loud voices.
- Children must stay close to their parent, chaperone, or guardian at all times.
- Did you know that horses and ponies have a blind spot directly in front of their head? It extends about 4 feet straight out. Because of that, fingers near their mouths or noses can be mistaken for carrots. It is very very important that everyone, including parents and adults, keeps their hands away from the pony’s mouths and noses at all times. We will teach a safer way to communicate, say hello to the ponies.
- There are working dogs on our property, keeping predators from hurting our animals. They also help keep predatory wildlife from having to be destroyed, along with discouraging trespassers. Do not pet our dogs or enter any paddock without an approved NPCC escort.
- While we love dogs, please leave them home; our dogs will see them as predators. However, if you have a service dog, let us know ahead of time so that we can accommodate you both.
- Park in front of the red dairy barn unless instructed otherwise. The white farmhouse is a private residence.
- There is a rest room here for public use. Please ask and we will show you.
- Questions? Please call us at 603 876-3836.